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Barbaric August: TheUltimate Extreme Makeover

Barbaric Monthly is my attempt at building/improving a coding project per month so that I can experiment with old and new technologies, learn ad infinitum, remain excited about the craft and nurture my passion for software development. This Barbaric Monthly is about developing a personal task management system with a command line interface.

August has come to an end and so has Barbaric August! I am pretty satisfied overall, I was able to work on it a couple of hours more this weekend, add support for a new command complete task and put some basic styling in place. The most important thing I am taking from it, however, is that it was a blast!. And it’s funny, when I started implementing it I had such vague ideas of what I wanted to do, and now, I cannot stop thinking about an infinite number of possibilities and directions in which to improve it. So it is absolutely great that is has become both a source of fun and joy, but also a fountain of new ideas for improving my knowledge in different areas of software development.

Anyhow, here it is The Ultimate Personal Task Management System in all its glory after ~10 hours of development:

Look of the Ultimate Task Management System At The End of Barbaric August

Yeah… I may have gone a little bit overboard with the whole SkyNet theme, but I thought it was freaking hilarious XDD. Imagine… your CLI assistant having different personalities… how far could one push that idea… to which remote extremes of genious could it lead I am too ignorant to fathom…

As I said I applied some basic styling with my limited designer skills (re-learning CSS for the 9th time) and below you can appreciate the makeover:

Comparison of before and after applying a basic design

If you want to learn more about this project, you are more than welcomed to follow on the Barbaric August feed. I will be adding ones last, more detailed, wrap-up post this week, don’t miss it! :)

P.S. On a side note, I had the chance to play Bastion this weekend at last, and it’s freaking great! Such care to detail in every aspect of the game, art, music, mechanics… you can really appreciate how Supergiant Games has put their soul into it and the soundtrack reminds me somehow to Firefly (even to Malin! :O). Brilliant!

Jaime González García

Written by Jaime González García , dad, husband, software engineer, ux designer, amateur pixel artist, tinkerer and master of the arcane arts. You can also find him on Twitter jabbering about random stuff.Jaime González García