This is the start of a new weekly column that going to recap some of the action that’s been happening on GitHub during the past week. My goals with this column include:
- Prove that Git is a great choice for version control!
- See how active the community at GitHub really is and what they’re working on.
- Show how Open Source development is truly open.
Using the magic of feed-normalizer, hpricot, and gchartrb, I’ve created a little Rails app (dubbed Rebase, of course) that I can use to rip all of the events that are going on at GitHub. I’m going to try to keep the format of the column consistent, but I definitely need your feedback to make it better.
And, just for fun:
Notably New Projects
Each week I’m going to look over some interesting new projects that have just showed up on GitHub and explain what they’re about. If you have a project you think I should showcase, let me know and I’ll see about featuring it!
Wysihat: A minimalist’s approach to WYSIWYG/Rich Text Editor. Right now it’s very, very beta, but it has the support of 37Signals so I definitely hope it’s destined for greatness. Once some decent themes are created for it, I’d definitely consider integrating it in some of my sites. This project definitely is growing and needs help, so fork away.
Android: Google announced that their Android framework was going open source and was hosted on Git, so it was clearly only a matter of time before their code landed on GitHub too. They have a ton of projects in their codebase, but it doesn’t seem like all of them have pushed yet. Definitely looks promising though, and I really would like to see how their system works.
acts_as_passive_aggressive: Just in case you ever needed a way to vent on your users, this plugin provides the perfect opportunity. I love the project’s readme.
VoteReport: This is a new Rails site to track the election next week through Twitter. They’ve got quite a lot of documentation on their PBWiki, and I really hope that this site turns out to be a little more useful and fun than watching tweets fly by on Twitter’s election page. If you want to help them get the project up and running before the 4th, go for it!
Next week I’d love to break down the stats a little more and figure out what commits were the most commented on, and maybe which projects had the most activity. Let me know what you’d like to see in the future!