When our team makes changes to Astrid, we have to supply a “commit message” – a short description of what we’ve done. As I was looking through our old messages today, I noticed that a lot of these messages were along the lines of “Fix some unit tests”, “Typo!”, or “More polish” – which makes sense, as many of these changes are only a line or two.
Large walls of text such as these are just dying to be visualized, so I threw our commit messages into an online tag cloud generator. It’s funny that all three of us use different words – “fix”, “fixed”, and “fixing”, though note that similar words are grouped into the most common word.
Astrid.com for Android:
Astrid.com for iPhone:
It’s easy to generate one yourself! If you use git, you can output a file with only commit messages:
$ git log --pretty=format:%s > messages.txt
You can then send that file to a service like tagcrowd.com
Finally, some of our notable commit messages:
- MIGRATION FINALLY WORKS
- dsjkfhdsfhdjakgfdk;lafj da;f jdslkfjdsa l;fdsa
- russian is really long
- deuling windows
- over 9000
- well that was a mess
- cat of the day
- Add some rescuage if some is needed
- You’re no child of mine! You’re deleted!