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Sunday, November 5th, 2006
5:54 pm
What have you done this week?
I've been out of touch, this week has been disastrous in a lot of ways ("the chaos field is turned way up".) I've finally gotten a little personal coding in, a curses clone of ratmenu. Not terribly exciting, but it's been on my todo list for months or more - it's nice having it done.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
11:15 pm
Welcome to November!
It's November again, which means it's CodeMonth again! The backstory hasn't changed, but it's another year, and another set of hip development buzzwords. However, it's also a year of writing some code already, Getting Things Done and "the simplest thing that could possibly work".

So this year, instead of focussing on output, let's focus on solving problems. Find something that you know you could fix if you only sat down and coded something, something the computer should be doing and not a person, maybe something you just don't get around to doing but would if the computer took care of the tedious part for you. Don't worry about social value, solve a problem for yourself first; once you've made yourself happy and you're in the groove of knocking off problems, broaden your scope.

Reply to this if you've got a starting project in mind. Don't worry about it being big or small - if you finish it, you can start another, if you don't, you'll at least have momentum that comes from applying some effort every day this month. If you're stuck, write a paragraph about why you're stuck and what you'll do next; it's not code, but it counts as effort. Write a test case for the thing that isn't working, even better :-)

We've got an almost late start, but we've started. Go!
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
4:01 pm
Due to complicated circumstances, after posting the launch I wasn't able to do any of the drum-beating or motivational bits that would normally accompany the launch. Since anyone who'd have started without it, has done so anyway, so I'm closing down this effort for now. Will try again with more prep (and backup!) later in the year.
Thursday, January 5th, 2006
1:28 pm
And we're off!
Codemonth 2006 starts now, and runs into the first week in February. Same approach as last time:

Come up with a project. Something for which a month of medium-strength coding will suffice, something you can add some code to every day (or at least every weekday - this is not about weekend projects, this is bigger than that.)

Write a sentence or three about what you're going to write this month, and post it as a comment on this posting. You can change direction as the month goes on, but you need a starting point, and something to describe what you're going to *immediately* start coding on as soon as you finish posting here.

This way you've told people and have something to stick to - and something we can ask you about as it goes along. Note that this is not about shame, we're not here to embarass anyone into coding - it's about pride in an idea, in something you can run with and get cheered on for.

I also don't want anyone losing their jobs over this - especially if you find yourself thinking about this at work, step back and evaluate. Make sure you don't run afoul of your employee agreement, or impair yourself too much - work seriously, but not insanely. (On the other hand, if you can spin this as "professional development", more power to you!)

Get going! Don't let a day go by without coding. I'll try to add inspirational suggestions here. If you get stuck, and need suggestions, post about it.

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
12:00 am
November snuck up on me...
Anyone got projects they're ready to dive into? Or would December be a better timeframe?

(My recent projects have been smaller scale and easier to complete - most of the things I've wanted to do with conkeror.mozdev.org have taken one to three days, for example.)

Update: December is pretty sneaky too. The tentative plan is to align it approximately with MIT's Independent Activities Period -- and run it from January 3 to February 3, 2006. More details to follow.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
7:03 pm
CodeCon 2006
Jered just reminded me:

CodeCon 2006
February 10-12, 2006
San Francisco CA, USA

Papers and proposals due: December 15, 2005
Authors notified: January 1, 2006
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
2:52 pm
PyWeek Game Challenge
The PyWeek Game Programming Challenge is in a shorter term idea, and starts Sunday August 28.. There's an emphasis on the breadth of existing tools you can leverage.

(mechanicalcat.net has nothing to do with the herd of kittens. Really. They're the ones that did the RoundUp bug-tracking tool.)
Monday, December 6th, 2004
4:17 pm
CodeCon reminder
I don't know if the suggestion was actually an inspiration for any of you, but since bramcohen mentions it: less than two weeks until the deadline for CodeCon 2005 submissions...
Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
1:19 am
Day 30: wrapup
Codemonth (November) ends today. I'd appreciate it if people posted comments here, on any or all of these questions:

  • Was this structure useful? Should I do it again, either over IAP or in November?

  • Were the daily comments, in particular, of any value, motivational, nagging or otherwise? Would they be improved by covering technical topics each day, or simply having a variety of people post them?

  • Did you reach your original goal?

  • Did you get any code written?

  • Better daily target values for next time?

  • Were the other forms of support that would have been useful?

Thank you all for participating, in any case.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
6:21 pm
Day 23
There's about a week to go. Are you making progress? Do you think you'll make some over the holiday?
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
1:39 am
Day 22
Getting an early start to the week... some of you plan to "catch up" over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, I'm sure. I'm going to try an "end run" around my current project block and come at it from another angle...
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
5:49 pm
Day 18
I don't have much inspirational today - the underlying library I'm working with (urwid) has made more progress than I have in the last week :-) Are you getting anywhere?
Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
9:23 pm
Day 17
Today's find is Pragmatic Project Automation, a book that takes build-and-test automation to its logical conclusion with a tool called CruiseControl. It makes a point early on that building software is not much like writing software, and this distinction is sometimes lost; I think I'd have to say that codemonth is definitely about the latter, unless you're trying to write build-automation tools this month.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
11:23 pm
Day 16
Just came across Koders.com, a code-oriented search engine; you can pick a language, license, and keywords, and it searches (currently) 125 million lines of code from open repositories. At 100 loc/day for 10 years (the "open source era" to an arbitrarily vague approximation), that's 500 people full time. Hmm, maybe that's not actually impressive :-)
Monday, November 15th, 2004
11:53 pm
Day 15 - Half Way
This is a good time to take stock and see what trajectory you're on, now that you have half a month's data on your productivity.
Friday, November 12th, 2004
6:06 pm
Day 12
Another weekend is upon us. I could produce a litany of distractions, and lines of code written that *weren't* part of my codemonth project, but that's not what we're here for...
12:45 am
Day 11 (late)
Tick tock, tick tock... Has anyone written/churned 1000 lines of code, yet?

(Hmm, perhaps I should automate posting these, or queue them up in advanced, but LJ doesn't seem to allow date-shifting on community posts.)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
6:48 pm
Day 10
We're about a third of the way through. Do you consider it a habit yet? When these reminders show up, are you thinking "oh, right, I should do some more of that" or "yeah, I've already made progress today"? Either way, you can write some more code...
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
8:53 pm
Day 9
Another day, another 100 lines? Perhaps some test cases?
1:16 am
Day 8 (late)
The first full week, has gone by - roughly a 1/4 of your coding time. Do you think you'll meet your goal? Do you think you'll accomplish something interesting at your current coding rate? Have you not quite recovered from the weekend yet? :-)
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