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self.conference 2019 "Git Hook[ed]" on images and up your documentation game_

Can you remember the difference between two hex color values? Me neither! Entering visual representations of recently-changed elements into version control makes review of past changes easier & speeds acclimation to a new web project, especially for visual learners. Surprisingly, methods for including images in your version control aren’t standardized and are rarely used outside of large companies, and the rest of us are left checking out every major commit and viewing changes locally! Join me for a review of methods currently in use and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each. The audience will learn from a survey of tools used by both designers and web developers, what methods are most appropriate for individual projects, & how these methods differ from those used at some of the largest companies (Google, eBay, etc.). Finding a method to track changes in your visual elements will save our future contributors (and future selves!) the pain of having to distinguish #2dc651 (lime green) from #34a34e (darker(!) lime green) and ultimately make our commit histories cleaner and our repos easier to navigate in ways that many of us have never imagined!
This talk was given at self.conference 2019 in Detroit.
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About Veronica Hanus
Before Veronica was a programmer, she was a researcher (she helped pick the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing site!) with an eye for process improvement. As she’s taught herself web development, she’s brought her research approach from her time at NASA-JPL & MIT into whatever she was learning. She loves exploring the web and teaching, and recently co-taught a PyCon tutorial on using web-scraping and modeling to predict Oscar winners. When she isn’t learning how the web can be better for developers, she enjoys blogging, nerding out about documentation, and snuggling as many cats as possible.

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self.conference 2019 "Git Hook[ed]" on images and up your documentation game_

  1. 1. “Git Hook[ed]” on images and up your documentation game @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  2. 2. Creative documentation @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  3. 3. View changes remotely, feel amazing and... Push ASAP Commit Make changes to code locally Learning to use Git A more thorough daily flow: - Pull other’s changes - Create branch / checkout branch - Local changes - Commit - Push when element is done - Check status - Continue local changes - (eventually) Merge branch You may also: - Undo commits - Squash commits - Undo push - Fetch - Rebase @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  4. 4. Challenges of Git’s “time travel” w/ commits “Picture perfect” commitsComment fatigue - Summarize in subject (“what”), expand in body (“why”) - Avoid abbreviations - Use metadata (Issue IDs, etc.) - The test: “If applied, this commit will *subject line*” - Make Git log useful! @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  5. 5. - “Remove lighter green font & add underline to nav bar” - “Remove lighter/brighter font &...” What commit message should we make? So many greens! Long and still hard to understand! @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  6. 6. What would you do? Better commit messages? Find tools giving cues? Other ways? Your idea here @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  7. 7. What does a design process look like? Iteration w/o design wastes time! @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  8. 8. Design has methods! - Team “interview” - Translate business objectives to new state - ID what you don’t know - Review existing market product - Brainstorming - Listing user tasks - Roadmap - Focus group - Card sorting - Usability test - Concept testing - Guerrilla testing - Field studies - Eye movement tracking - Accessibility audit - A/B testing - (finally) Iteration @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  9. 9. Screenshots in a local folder Adding visuals any way I can! @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  10. 10. Screenshots in saved in Git Moving toward a solution What pain points does my solution have? How do I address these? @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  11. 11. Screenshots for testing… and tracking? Many tools: Cypress-match-screenshot, Puppeteer-screenshot-tester, Resemble.js, Wraith... @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  12. 12. @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  13. 13. A “Git” for design! Our examples: Abstract’s Compare Mode, Sketch’s Pages & Artboards, Sketch’s Zeplin @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  14. 14. Ready to dive in Puppeteer or Cypress-match-screen shot to automate screenshots Git hooks “hook” one action to others Terminal prompt for you to save by hand Time to take screenshots Remembering to take screenshots Adding image link to your commit message Pain Investigate Your commit to Git Git hook calls Pyppeteer Pyppeteer takes screenshot Terminal prompts you to save @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  15. 15. Bring yourself Geology Web � @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  16. 16. View changes remotely, feel amazing and... Push ASAP Commit Make changes to code locally 🤦 ☁☁☁ @veronica_hanus #SelfConf
  17. 17. Resources ➔ Puppeteer/Selenium/WebDriver for screenshots taken at every change ➔ Abstract/Zeplin/Sketch for scroll-through visuals to be used alongside your version control ➔ Hand-created screenshots checked into version control ➔ Editor plugins that help you visualize the colors on your site ➔ Your knowledge of your process & workflow for deciding what is right for you
  18. 18. 👇Your company recruiting a DevRel or Dev Advocate?👇 🙌@veronica_hanus🙌 🙏Thanks to… Each of you for coming(!), self.conference for a wonderful event, the many, many devs & designers I badgered when I was investigating this problem, my crew Deborah, Diego, & Anna for help making this talk happen I tweet at @veronica_hanus Non-tweeters 👋 Video & Slides 🔜 🙌 Go build the tools you need! Let’s talk about in-code comments! (3-5 min survey)
  19. 19. Credits - Git instructions for beginners: UK0/edit?usp=sharing - Daily Git commands: - Commit XKCD: - Good commit messages: - Color preview in-editor: Sublime’s Color Highlighter (view), Atom’s Pigments (view) & Color Picker (select/add) - Source for screenshot diffing images: - “Automated visual diffing with Puppeteer” (2018), Monica Dinculescue’s blog - Grumpy cat says “no new friends” @veronica_hanus
  20. 20. Steps to roll back to a commit: - Select the commit - Find the ID for the commit - Enter command to “checkout” the commit with that ID - Open the code & HTML file - Is it what we want? - Create new branch (section of timeline) before making changes Rolling back individual commits @veronica_hanus