July 7, 2009
Are you using Ruby on Rails? Are you using Git? Do you have a need to track how long you spend on things? Then I have just the thing for you.
I threw together a quick rake task that gets all of your commits in a git repo and parses out the times and commit message from them. Then it formats them with the time and also the time interval between them. You can get the rake task to track your time from this gist.
The output will look something like this:
Fri, Jul 07 10:55AM 20m 49s Added toolbar for controllers using temp... Fri, Jul 07 10:34AM 21h 52m Added support for using page templates i... Thu, Jul 07 12:42PM 37m 57s LH#77, fixed issue with tests failing on... Thu, Jul 07 12:04PM 12m 18s LH#67, added a limit option to the rende... Thu, Jul 07 11:52AM 17m 30s Removed debug statement ... Thu, Jul 07 11:34AM 19h 52m LH#66, added :path option to render menu... Wed, Jul 07 03:41PM Added DSL for modifying portlet behavior... Tue, Jun 06 02:05PM 18h 44m LH#119, multiple HTML fields on one bloc... Mon, Jun 06 07:20PM 6h 21m Converted docs to textile ... Mon, Jun 06 12:58PM Fix for LH#118, create directories in ge... Sat, Jun 06 10:22PM Added support for other template handler... Fri, Jun 06 04:49PM 0m 58s bump build ... Fri, Jun 06 04:48PM 23m 11s Fix LH#106: Section not correctly loadin... Fri, Jun 06 04:25PM 34m 25s Fix for LH#107, images were not showing ... Fri, Jun 06 03:51PM 9m 48s Fix for LH#110, can't view usages of a p... Fri, Jun 06 03:41PM 11m 12s Fix for LH#113, check to see if there is... Fri, Jun 06 03:30PM 2m 52s Fixed LH#114, documentation typo ... Fri, Jun 06 03:27PM 0m 38s bump build number ... Fri, Jun 06 03:26PM 5h 38m Fix for LH#98, tags not getting updated ... Fri, Jun 06 09:48AM 33m 14s Fixed LH#105, deleted portlets showing u...
It doesn't actually truncate the commit messages, I just did that here to make each one fit on a line. If the time interval is over 24 hours, it doesn't bother printing the interval, because you probably didn't actually work on that one commit for 37 hours straight. I've been thinking if you really want to track time this way then each time you sit down to start hacking on a project, you just make a minor change to the .gitignore or something and then commit it with a message like "started hacking on foo", so then when you commit your first chunk of actual work, you will know how long you spend on that.