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Saturday, December 29th, 2012
12:41 am
Julython (in January) - a python codemonth with infrastructure, not just culture is taking the approach of "gamifying" day-to-day python hacking; you just add a commit-hook that pokes their site, and they assign you "points"... reminds me of and a little :-)  Running January 2013.
Sunday, November 30th, 2008
5:25 pm
Day 30 - Final Wrapup
November is over - were you able to focus some attention on a project of your own? Where are you taking it next?

See you next year...
Thursday, November 27th, 2008
12:26 am
Day 27 - wrapping up...
The month is coasting to a halt, thanksgiving vacation time is either a complete disruption or a good time to get some hacking done, depending :-)

This is a good time to start thinking about what you've got to show for the effort, and what you're going to do with it next.
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
10:34 pm
Day 16
We're halfway through the month; over at that other project they're hitting the 25,000 word mark. Hopefully you're plinking away at something at this point; how's it going?
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
12:50 am
Day 13
Ok, I'm slacking almost as much on announcements/probes as I am on my own project. So at this point, I'm asking for either updates on what you've done so far, or something interesting that you've done instead.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
12:13 am
Day 7
We're already a week in to codemonth - you should have at least some momentum at this point, but if not, perhaps describing what you're stuck on here would help?
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
11:01 pm
Day four.
SInce we've only had local signups, I'd just say "spend that extra hour voting instead" except that the polls are already closed...

So we have two android projects and one unspecified one signed up. I'll ask for progress reports tomorrow...
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
12:00 am
Day "one"
Starting on a holiday/party weekend might not have been the most clever choice... but start we shall. Time to start your projects! Reply here with what you're working on, what your first milestone (inchstone? remember, we're going for steady pressure, a little work each day, not marathons) is, and what you're aiming for this month...
Monday, October 27th, 2008
4:17 pm
Codemonth 5.0!
It's Codemonth again.

As in previous years, this works like NaNoWriMo but for code, instead of stories. It's not as specific - we're not aiming for SLoC targets, as much as projects that would benefit from 30 days of attention. Every day, do something for your project:

  • write a test

  • comment or document something

  • add a feature

Whatever you have time for, the name of the game is Progress, and multiplying a little bit of forward motion by 30 (or 25 or 20) might actually get you somewhere (or might turn it into a habit...)

How it works: Friday (October 31) I'll start a "What are you doing" thread (feel free to brainstorm about ideas here, in the meantime) and then every day, I'll post I "what did you do today"; I'll occasionally call out specific projects for attention, but it will mostly be general "chime in everybody!" requests. (Feel free to join in late, if you find this after the 1st...)

Suggestions: pick something you care about. (Side projects for work aren't a bad thing, but this about cheering people on, and it's a lot harder to generate enthusiasm for your employer :-)
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
11:18 pm
The end of a month, the start of a maintenance cycle
November is over, but rather than treating this as "pencils down, papers to the front", think of it as having built some momentum to sustain your project into the new year. Remember that codecon is back (April 2008, San Francisco, "new and improved") if you're looking for more external inspiration.

Post wrapups and summaries here.

(meterstone got as far as "viewer bootstrapped, vastly more english than code, but definitely something that will keep percolating in the short term.")
Monday, November 26th, 2007
10:27 pm
T-5 days...
November is winding down; time to think about finishing touches, and what you're going to call the accomplishment for the month. We don't have a 50 kiloword target or anything, this is more of a "paint the target around where the arrow landed" deal :-)

(meterstone status: mostly stalled by new-toy sysadmining and configuration, but there's a hackathon coming up...)
Friday, November 23rd, 2007
2:00 am
Day 20ish
Well, I was trying to post every five days or so, but travel intervened.)

Since most of you are in the US, I hope you've enjoyed your turkey day... so instead of going out into the consumer hell of Black Friday, stay home and work on your project :-) If it involves coordinating with people outside the US they'll likely be working too...

I've continued to have english get ahead of code, in meterstone (latest not-very-blinding insight - the fact that there are real and imaginary parts to an estimate does not imply that they behave at all like complex numbers; they're just tuples...) and have yet to get "add element" completed, so that should be my Friday project. (I've also let a new EEEpc distract me, but I've beaten it into shape :-)
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
11:28 pm
Day 15: Halfway...
Now that we're midway through the month, it's a good time to look back on what you've done so far and try to predict what you'll get done for the rest. Have you made steady progress? Bursty? Climbed a learning curve with not much to show, but you're ready to make real progress now?

(As for me: Meterstone now has an 8:1 ratio of english to code, but that's better than ∞:1, at least there is some code to move forward on now, and a clear set of Next Steps... plus some experience with a new curses widget framework, STFL and its python bindings, which should be useful for a couple of other apps too.)
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
11:55 pm
Day 10: November marches on, do you?
I've finally got a project picked out and embarked upon, though at this point, I've written far more english than code, so maybe it should have been a nanowrimo project instead :-) Anyone else get a late start? Any progress on those Hibernate patches, 76trombones?
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
1:21 am
Day 5: Got any momentum?
I'll admit to not having picked one big project yet (so much for the nanowrimo comparison) but I've knocked off a handful of little ones. Granted, most of them were "recover from the carnage of moving to Ubuntu Gutsy" - and hiveminder has been excellent for tracking "all the little things I actually think I'm going to fix soon" but doesn't do much for bigger projects.

How about you? Or is everybody too overworked to get anywhere outside of BPS Hackathons :-)
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
11:11 pm
Day 1: What's up?
I haven't started on a codemonth project myself - unless "rebuilding a kernel and restricted-drivers for ubuntu gutsy so my thinkpad works" counts, but that's also done and isn't (fortunately) going to take all month :-)

My short list of possible projects includes

  • Building an openid-based off-LJ polling system

  • End-to-end encrypted hiveminder tasks (a greasemonkey hack or XPI, probably)

  • Finish an emacs interface to hiveminder (possibly using the AIMbot and pyToc

  • Bug-A-Day: go through every unix command (start with /bin) and identify, fix, and submit a patch for all of them

I should be able to get started again on the weekend. Are you having trouble choosing from a big pile of ideas? Throw them out here for discussion, or at least comment on mine :-)

Current Mood: sleep deprived
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
10:00 pm
What are you doing for codemonth?
Time to start your projects! Post here what you're working on, what your first milestone (inchstone?) is, and what you're aiming for this month...
Monday, October 29th, 2007
11:28 pm
CodeMonth 2007!
It's CodeMonth again. You've got a couple of days left to pick a project that you've wanted to do for a while but haven't really been able to get motivated to actually grind away at, and get some enthusiastic friends (us!) to nag encourage you and help you keep on target. Even if you only make a little progress each day, multiply that by thirty and by the end of the month, you'll have really gotten somewhere... maybe even have the momentum to carry you through to deployment, codecon (in April), or at least some good stories...

Don't know what to do? Maybe you could do something with

  • OpenID

  • One of them AJAXy web2.0 framework thingies that you didn't get to last year

  • Google Gears

  • Greasemonkey or XULrunner

  • Haskell

  • OpenLayers

  • ... all of the above ...

Wednesday (October 31) I'll start a "What are you doing" thread (feel free to brainstorm about ideas here, in the meantime) and then every day, I'll post I "what did you do today"; I'll occasionally call out specific projects for attention, but it will mostly be general "chime in everybody!" requests. (Feel free to join in late, if you find this after the 1st...)
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
12:10 am
Wrap up
The random hammer of chaos came down a few more times, and I'm ready to declare November over. submoinmoin is pretty much done except for merge and any kind of performance; nagaina is still at 0.05, readme-blog gained a few features, and a conkeror-selection-unscraper pretty much works. So at least for me the whole "stay focussed on doing actual code" aspect of codemonth worked.

If it worked for anyone else, feel free to follow up with a mention. Likewise if anyone wants to try again for IAP, otherwise it's next November and a little more planning, in 2007.

(Also, I've seen no mention of a 2007 codecon, which I sometimes propose as another codemonth motivator; anyone have details?)
Friday, November 10th, 2006
12:02 am
More cheerleading :-)
I've added "any" support to nagaina, and tweaked the readme-blog tools sufficiently that I've proposed adding my python feed to I've also hacked up a (not particularly releasable) svn-like moinmoin client - supports checkout, diff, commit and a limited (no merge) update. Little things, but all of them matter, to me at least - to the point of enhancing my "I can code anything" feeling of power.

How about you? Making progress? Some least publishable unit?
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