Now he's got a followup piece, Why GitHub Hacks on Side Projects, which talks about the importance of building out "a side project culture." For GitHub, a Campfire bot that does all sorts of kooky things is the answer.
Hubot, our valiant Campfire bot, has continued to grow in complexity. A tiny list of his (current) capabilities:
- unlock the door to our office
- print out a list of the people currently in the office based on their wifi presence
- find an apartment in the area to rent
- deploy GitHub
- say an arbitrary string over the office speakers
- play an audio sample of deadmau5 to everyone through hacked Propane HTML5
- give you a quote from any movie or TV show
- tell you the build status of any git branch
- track and map packages
- SMS any GitHubber from Campfire
- embed a seven day weather forecast
We’re building more and more into Hubot every day. (Before you ask, no, he’s not open source yet, and yes, a few people are working on that.)
Read the full piece to learn why Zach thinks having pleasant distractions and an open, shared space to explore together is important.