30 Aug 05

Visualizing Commit Trends

Take a peek at these example charts of source code repository activity. What do they imply? I have no idea, but I find them fascinating.

I wonder what the charts would look like on a project where the team builds things in small chunks (where small means "measured in minutes") and checks in code directly after each thing is built and tested. Or would that kind of predictable development rhythm just make the data less interesting? At any rate, it would be interesting to use a bit o’ automation to keep a running chart from start to end of a project.

Oh, and please be careful not to read too much into these charts. I shudder at the thought of some pointy-haired manager using them as input to an employee bonus formula.