The year 2014 is here and with it New Year’s resolutions. My New Year’s resolution is to commit more open source code. Little apps like this one by Nick Quinlan are helping to keep that at the forefront of my mind.

Specifically, I want to complete a 30 day GitHub commit streak. I’m bad at remembering to commit so I built an application to remind me.

It’s called github-streaker. It checks your GitHub commits each day. If you haven’t made any commits that day, it sends you a reminder email using SendGrid.

You can deploy github-streaker in just a few minutes to Heroku. Here are the steps:

git clone
cd github-streaker
heroku create
heroku addons:add scheduler
heroku addons:add sendgrid
heroku config:set
heroku config:set GITHUB_USERNAME=your_github_username
git push heroku master

You can view the source code here if you want to dig deeper. Pull requests warmly welcomed and Happy New Year!

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