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Fudge Sunday - A Decade of GitHub

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I’ve been using GitHub for ~10 years. Over time I used GitHub more socially than for source code publishing. As my use increased so did my bookmarking via the “stars” function. Let’s see what I kept after my most recent Spring purge of GitHub stars…

JayCuthrell GitHub Stars
My First GitHub Repository
My first GitHub repository was a trivially simple XML based web gadget that mapped the traffic cameras for the ATL and RDU area. The gadget was a Google Gadget for iGoogle (hah!) which launched in 2005 but I think I was hosting the snippets of code on my website prior to GitHub coming into existence.
Good times circa 2007.
Good times circa 2007.
Eventually, I moved all my coding projects to GitHub and even got to contribute a few times here and there. While I’ve never considered myself to be a good developer, I can sometimes apply myself. More accurately, I can configure and read documentation. That’s okay. I’m comfortable with that and appreciate the hard work others have published that I can use freely. So, the GitHub stars become a social gesture form of love letter from one perspective all while iGoogle faded into the past.
iGoogle - Wikipedia
Startups, RSUs, and Equity
To be clear, GitHub is not exclusively about code repositories. In fact, when I was an advisor to multiple startups I was often looking for ways to politely say “no” when approached by founders. That led to a blog post and lots of bookmarking of other similar blog posts.
Be My Advisor ( 2013 )
Occasionally, I would come across a really strong blog post that educated the reader on startup topics. Sometimes those blog posts were kept in GitHub or even GitHub Pages as repositories that were worthy of a star.
GitHub - jlevy/og-equity-compensation
WarGames in the Terminal
The first time I saw the movie WarGames was on HBO back in last century. Heh. The computer graphics were amazing. So, I have a soft spot for ASCII and terminal based graphical interfaces and they are very GitHub star worthy.
Cross Training in the Terminal
Much of my early computing after college was on LAMP stacks. The M and P have changed from mSQL to MySQL and the Perl became PHP and eventually Python. That means if I can find a tool to learn more about the late stage LAMP options I am going to save it for later review and especially if the tools let me stay withing a native terminal experience without having to spawn a desktop IDE.
GitHub - dbcli/pgcli:
GitHub - prompt-toolkit/ptpython:
Friends, Family, and Forensics
The interwebs were, are, and will continue to be a pretty hostile place. So, it makes sense to have ways to add some modicum of protection at the right time from just about anywhere. Also, you should sniff yourself before someone else does. It’s just like Ice Cube used to say… “Sniff yourself before you wreck yourself!” So, GitHub stars for all these projects!
GitHub - trailofbits/algo:
GitHub - StreisandEffect/streisand:
Visualization by Design
While I have more ideas than hours, my hope is to eventually apply these GitHub stars to future projects. Being able to tell a story with data has always been one of my blogging goals.
GitHub - d3/d3:
Self Paced Learning
My backgound is not in formal computer science so I end up Google searching error messages and reading a lot of tutorials. Luckily, there are tons of great free courses out there and some very dedicated individuals have collected these resources as GitHub Pages and repositories.
GitHub - Developer-Y/cs-video-courses:
GitHub - prakhar1989/awesome-courses:
Of course, there are times when even links go bad. Link rot is real. Then again, so are the archivists that fight link rot each day.
While I’ve not had to whiteboard for a few years, it’s still an interesting topic for me and I try to read and understand. GitHub stars for these collections!
GitHub - kennyledet/Algorithm-Implementations:
GitHub - sagivo/algorithms:
Twitter Diaspora
Readers that follow my blog or Twitter presence know I’ve been away from Twitter for almost two years.
On Twitter ( 2017 )
My method for moving off of Twitter was a multi-part experiment and exercise. I used a few tools to make that transition and learn about my own Twitter life cycle in the process.
First, I wanted to archive, combine, and understand how much linked content was still valid.
GitHub - butterflo/tweetmerge:
GitHub - mshea/Parse-Twitter-Archive:
Second, I wanted to get a feeling for what was socially validated with likes or retweets.
GitHub - dangoldin/twitter-archive-analysis:
Third, I wanted all my rich media content saved.
GitHub - mwichary/twitter-export-image-fill:
Finally, I wanted to clean house one layer of engagement at a time until only my most popular tweet remained. Then that tweet went away too. Spoiler alert: yes, it was pretty banal.
GitHub - MikeMcQuaid/TwitterDelete:
Until next time… keep checking out those GitHub stars!
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