Moved Rails Apps to GitHub

I’ve spent some time over the past couple of months cleaning up the Rails apps I’ve written with the goal of making them available for download on this site. I wrapped that up last week with the release of Addressbook. However, I soon realized that making the code available on this site was not ideal, and it would be much better if I made the code available via some code hosting site, like Sourceforge or GitHub. This gives the projects a little more visibility, allows for easier contributions to the projects, and simply provides a better home for the code. So, I spent the past few days making Diners Club, Addressbook, and Karate Journal available on GitHub. Please check the project pages on this site for links to the GitHub repositories.

Choosing GitHub was fairly easy. I’ve been wanting to learn Git for a while now, GitHub has all of the features I needed (plus some nice-to-haves), and it seemed pretty straight forward to use. So far so good!

I did however have to do some additional cleanup before the move to GitHub. Previously, I had a bash script that I ran that would export the code from my local Subversion repository, and wipe out any user names, passwords, or other configuration that I didn’t want to publish with the code. The script would then tar and zip up the code, and push it to the site. This wouldn’t fly with GitHub, since everybody would be able to see the code in the repository. So, some work was needed to provide template config files (database.yml.template for example) for people to specify their own configuration, and I removed the original files from source control.

All things considered, I’m very happy with the move, and wish I’d done it sooner. I think from now on, I’ll be using GitHub from the start with new projects.

Merry Christmas everybody!