Github down, so what?

Did you see all these tweets complaining about Github problems these days? And all these (low level) articles on tech blogs/websites? Here are some examples which made my laugh:

Github a été victime de pannes à répétition, privant les très nombreux utilisateurs d’accès à leurs sources


Which means that « developers did not have access to their sources ». Really? Developers already have their sources locally if they are working on them!

Github going down is no small thing, developers which acts as a central repository for much of the open-source code that runs our world.


Agree, it is not a « small thing » but are we speaking about a git-based system i.e. the so funky decentralized distributed version control system?! If github is down you can, at least, still continue committing things locally (Do you remember when you were using SVN?). Right?

If you still need to push your sources and share them with your dev team: git is decentralized i.e. you can change the remote repository to a temporary google code, bitbucket, repository and come back later on github. RTFM: ‘git help remote’

Do you still need more to work? Come on developers!

Get QuickHubApp GitHub OS X client for free

Apple 12 days of Christmas are over and it is my turn to give some copies of QuickHubApp GitHub OS X client for free.

In order to get a promo code, you have to Tweet something like:

Have a look to to get a free copy of QuickHubApp @github OS X client (cc @chamerling)

or something more creative which contains ‘QuickHubApp’, ‘’, and ‘@chamerling’.

To receive the promo code, you also have to comment this article with the reference to your tweet. Put your email address in the form so I can mail you the code directly within the next days. First ten comments will get a free version.

Better Gist support in Quickhub 1.2

Gists are cool. So I updated the way Gists can be created in Quickhub 1.2 (submitted last week, should be validated by Apple this week…). The interface is cleaner and there is also drag and drop available so you can now drag a Finder file and drop it into the Quickhub gist creation window.

(No this is not the vodafone/SFR icon, it is the Quickhub one… Must really find a designer, last time it looked like a FB icon).

Pushing your Web services in the Cloud in 5 minutes…

… or less! Heroku is defined as a « Cloud application platform ». I just want to redefine it to « Awesome Cloud application Platform ». So, this awesome platform provides a way to host and scale your application in the Cloud really easily with 3 or 4 commands…

Since I am currently working on my talk at #OW2Con 2011 (coming later this week) dealing with BPM, Services and the Cloud, I wanted to host some Web services on several places. I never had time to test Heroku but I just took this precious time today. After looking some examples, I created a Maven project template (no I do not have time to create an archetype, maybe there is one somewhere) which uses Jetty and Apache CXF to expose JAXWS annotated classes as Web services. So now, using heroku to freely expose your services is easy as:

  1.  Sign up to heroku
  2. Download the heroku client for your platform
  3. Clone/Fork the repository at
  4. Add your own services
  5. Login to heroku ‘heroku auth:login
  6. Create the app on heroku ‘heroku create -s cedar
  7. Push your services to heroku ‘git push heroku master‘. There is a git hook somewhere which just automatically compile and start your application after you pushed it.
  8. Open your CXF services summary page ‘heroku open’
The default application name is some random one, you can rename it by using the ‘heroku rename yournewname‘ but in the current case I had an issue on the generated Web service endpoint name. So I suggest restarting your app after renaming (have a look to the ‘heroku ps‘ command).
That’s all, that’s quick!

QuickHub 1.0, adding GitHub stuff to OS X

Some weeks ago I was looking for an OS X GitHub client. Not a client like the official GitHub client which is one of the best OS X app I ever see and which mainly deals with raw git stuff, but one which can allow me to access to my repositories, organizations, issues and gists. My different researchs returned nothing really exiting… Since I was looking for something new to develop, I started to create a simple application which focuses on my needs.
I started to share my idea and after some nights to code it, I sent the first prototype to some twitter geeks to get their feedback. The feedback I had was really exiting (thanks @k33g_org and @aheritier, you excited me a lot!), and most of the beta testers said me that I should submit the application to the Mac App Store and make it a paid application.

So, here we are! QuickHub has been finally validated by Apple and I have chosen to try to sell it at the lowest possible price ($0.99).

The first version of QuickHub stands in the OS X status bar and allows you to directly access to :
– Your Repositories
– Your Organizations/repositories
– Your Issues
– Your Gists

It also notifies you using Growl when something changes on the previously mentioned items. For now clicking a menu item opens in your browser. It is quite simple but it was really the first idea to provide something which can quickly allows you to access your GitHub stuff.

While Apple reviewed QuickHub, I started to add some features to it. The 1.1 version will allows you to do more things (hopefully), and especially to create gists directly from QuickHub, preview some artifacts and have more better user experience with some better interface… I hope to publish it in the next days.

For now, any feedback is appreciated. You can comment here, on my personal twitter @chamerling or on the official QuickHub one @quickhubapp. Share it with your friends/co workers/followers and let’s see what happens. You can directly access to the Mac App store or have a look to the QuickHub Web site.