Why I find working on open source so rewarding and a breakdown of some of my favorite projects.
The feeling of working on open source is strangely unique and fulfilling. You feel as though you’re contributing to a greater good comprised of a network of brilliant people from all around the world. It’s a sensation that I rarely feel in my general work as a software engineer, and it reminds me of why I got into programming in the first place.
Towards that end, I’d love to share some of the open source projects that I’ve worked on, with the hope that they will inspire someone out there to do the same!
Whether it’s finding a cool project that you’re interested in, forking it, and contributing back, or if you want to get better at publishing your own open source projects, I encourage you to get out there and start committing!
- ow — Function argument validation for humans. (contributor)
- update-markdown-jsdoc — Updates a markdown document section with jsdoc documentation. Useful to automatically update a library’s readme with API docs.
- update-markdown-usage — Updates a markdown document section with CLI usage info via
--help. Useful to automatically update a CLI’s readme with Usage docs.
- abstract-object-storage — Collection of useful utilities for working with Google Cloud Storage.
- p-cache — Decorator to memoize the results of async functions via lru-cache.
- random — Seedable random number generator supporting many common distributions.
- id-shortener — Efficient id / url shortener for Node.js backed by pluggable storage defaulting to redis.
- node-compat-require — Easily allow your Node program to run in a target node version range to maximize compatibility.
- async-await-parallel — Node.js module with simple concurrency control for awaiting an array of async results.
- snapchat — Node.js client for the unofficial Snapchat API
- ip-set — Efficient mutable set data structure optimized for use with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. The primary use case is for working with potentially large IP blacklists.
- github-is-starred — Checks if a user has starred a particular GitHub repo.
- github-is-starred-cli — CLI to check if a user has starred a particular GitHub repo.
- create-react-library — CLI for easily publishing modern react libraries. ⚡
Create React Library (CRL) is easily one of my favorite and most used open source projects. It’s kind of like Create React App (CRA)’s younger sibling. It even uses CRA under the hood for example usage and local component development.
- react-modern-library-boilerplate — Boilerplate and CLI create-react-library for publishing modern React modules with Rollup and example usage via create-react-app.
- puppeteer-render-text — Robust text renderer using headless chrome.
- puppeteer-render-text-cli — CLI for robust text renderer using headless chrome.
- puppeteer-email — Email automation driven by headless chrome.
- puppeteer-email-cli — CLI for email automation driven by headless chrome.
- puppeteer-instagram — Instagram automation driven by headless chrome.
- puppeteer-instagram-cli — CLI for Instagram automation driven by headless chrome.
- puppeteer-github — GitHub automation driven by headless chrome.
- puppeteer-github-cli — CLI for GitHub automation driven by headless chrome.
- ffmpeg-concat — Concats a list of videos together using ffmpeg with sexy OpenGL transitions.
- ffmpeg-gl-transition — FFmpeg filter for applying GLSL transitions between video streams (gl-transitions). This is a more low-level C++ version of ffmpeg-concat that extends ffmpeg itself.
- ffmpeg-probe — Wrapper around ffprobe for getting info about media files.
- ffmpeg-generate-video-preview — Generates an attractive image strip or GIF preview from a video.
- ffmpeg-extract-frame — Extracts a single frame from a video.
- ffmpeg-extract-frames — Extracts screenshots from a video using ffmpeg.
- ffmpeg-extract-audio — Extracts an audio stream from a media file.
- ffmpeg-on-progress — Utility for robustly reporting progress with fluent-ffmpeg.
- ffmpeg-cli-flags — A comprehensive list of all ffmpeg commandline flags.
- gif-extract-frames — Extracts frames from GIFs including inter-frame coalescing.
- captcha-solver — Library and CLI for automating captcha verification across multiple providers.
- parse-email — Parses mime-encoded email messages.
- parse-otp-message — Parses OTP messages for a verification code and service provider.
- sms-number-verifier — Allows you to spoof SMS number verification.
- primitive-cli — CLI to reproduce images from geometric primitives.
- phash-gif — Perceptual GIF hashing for easily finding near-duplicate GIFs.
- Milton — C++ Rendering Framework w/ MLT, bidi path tracing, etc. and OpenGL Previews (undergrad thesis project from Brown ‘09).
- Mipscope — Cross-platform IDE for students learning assembly on the MIPS architecture. The focus is on a convenient debugging environment, including a visual, reversible debugger.
- Gravity-spritekit — iOS n-body simulation visualized with metaballs. Physics and graphics provided by SpriteKit.
- Gravity-cocos2d — iOS n-body simulation combined visualized with metaballs. Physics and graphics provided by cocos2d.
Hopefully, one or more of these projects will spark your curiosity to fork & experiment… or you’ll go on to create your own open source projects that are wildly different! 😜
You can find me on GitHub if you want to follow my open source journey.