Going biweekly after 3 years

When I started Git@Me, my life was very different. I had never been to a hackathon. I barely understood git & APIs. And I desperately needed a creative outlet to get past my boring job in ad tech.

Thanks to some great advice from Kuan Huang at Poncho, I stopped thinking about writing and started doing it.

Since then I’ve published over 160 issues. I changed careers to DevRel. I’ve been to a jillion hackathons (both as a hacker & for Devpost). I’ve written dozens of Chrome extensions. And I started a bunch of video projects The Commit (job advice for hackers) and Wakey Wakey (videos about cool tech, science, and other cool stuff).

But, over the past few months, Git@Me hasn’t been very good. I’ve been pushing myself to publish at the expense of quality. I’m perpetually exhausted and you deserve better.

So here’s the deal: I’m only going to publish when I’ve got something I’m really excited about. Hopefully that’ll be biweekly.

Thank you so much for exploring open source with me and I hope you stick around.

Open source jeans

In 1981, Brooke Shields coyly told us that nothing gets between her and her Calvin Klein jeans.

20 years later, Shalom Harlow and the Gap introduced us to stretch denim.

Then about 10 years ago, skinny jeans became a thing and jeggings followed shortly thereafter. Soon, dudes were getting in on skinnies, and today everyone can enjoy multiway stretch denim. And don’t even get me started on different cuts, washes, and distressing techniques. Frankly, denim is bonkers these days.

But what if we had open source patterns? Then everyone would be capable of producing quality, perfect fit denim!

Kyle McDonald and Lisa Kori Chung’s OpenFit project aims to do just that. They’ve built pattern making tools, and a body measurement app that uses Chromakey (green screen) leggings, a Kinect, and Processing. The app masks out everything but the Chromakey color, calculates the contours of your body, and uses the fit data to create custom patterns.

Read more about it at Vice and check out the OpenFit gallery on Flickr.

Do more with less JS

A few years ago, HubSpot made waves a web site that suggested you might not need jQuery. It was a revelation in a world heavy with jQuery plugins.

Una Kravets, a front-end developer at IBM, has taken that a step further with YouMightNotNeedJS, demonstrating how capable modern browsers & CSS are, even without external scripts.

You should stop reading this post right now and go check it out. But if you need a little more prodding, here are my favorite examples:

  1. JS-less modal
  2. HTML only form validation with regex patterns
  3. Zero plugin accordion

Please don't go!

There are a lot of annoying growth hacky things you can do to get people to stay on your site. A common one is to popup a modal whenever a user moves his mouse toward the address bar. The modal then begs you to stay or subscribe for email updates. Frankly, it’s a little needy.

But, when I saw dont-go from Tiaan DuPlessis, I couldn’t help but smile. It automagically changes the page title and favicon whenever the page loses focus.

dont-go demo

It’s cute, easy to implement, and won’t get in the way. Most importantly, it might just convince a few visitors to click back.

OMG stickers

With iOS 10, Apple is finally giving iMessage some love. Special effects, link previews, an app store, and of course - sticker packs.

Grammar Snob sticker pack

Grammar Snob is my favorite sticker pack!

Making stickers isn’t hard, just watch this video or follow Dami Lee’s tutorial. But, if you’ve got Xcode PTSD (like me), there’s another way.

With 1 command, Nico Prananta’s Imsticker app formats & arranges all your sticker images automagically, so you can upload to the App Store with less clicking and Xcode nonsense.

And if you need help sizing your sticker pack’s app icon, MakeAppIcon has you covered too.

Now, if I ever get around to upgrading to Sierra, I’ll make a Git@Me pack just for yall :)

2016 Neal Shyam