My top 5 ideas for the next 12 month...
... if I find the time and energy for them...
Ok, time to write a new blog entry and most likely the last for this late spring / early summer, before the American Football season in Germany starts, and I'm busy with my friends streaming the football games of the Munich Cowboys on GFL TV. Of course I follow the NFL, too. And I hope I can get a ticket for the first NFL game in Germany in my hometown Munich. Well fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Anyway, so since my success with making dashboards in Elasticsearch/Kibana are more or less a failure so far, I currently cannot continue my little series about Jira, Node-Red, aso.
Hence, I've to find a new topic for this blog. Since another year passed by I thought I'll make an updated list of my top 5 ideas I want to work on the next 12 month, if I find the time and energy for them.
Well so let the ideas flow:
Jira Dashboard in Python with Node-Red Rest API
Since my adventures around Jira and Elasticsearch/Kibana are not so satisfying so far, and since I generate my Jira events for Elasticsearch I have now ten-thousends of events in elastic search, I do not only want to use the search features of ES, I also want to tried to make some visualizations. But as mentioned so far I'm not happy what I got out of the Lens feature from Kibana. Especially I was hoping to get a heatmap, but apparently it is no longer available in the lens visualization library.
And, I've not found a way yet, to make a rolling average over all events on one numeric field. Especially I want the average over the Lead/Cycle Time of tickets.
- Write a Rest API services in Node-Red to deliver the data (eg. rolling averages, unique count of statis) for the heatmap or other graphs.
- Write some python code to generate Altair dashboard charts which consume the data from this Rest API services
But first I want to give Elasticsearch/Kibana a little more time. Or better I give me some more time to learn what ES/K has to offer.
Python Sequence Chart/Flow Chart
In my thesis, which I wrote some 30+ years, ago, for my Computer Science Diploma, I had the topic "Analyse C/C++ and generate meta-code from this analysis. And use this meta-code as basis for generating a graphical representation of the C/C++ code".
Find a python lexer/parser generator or write my own simplified lexer/parser. I might want to try antlr for that.
Define and develop the meta-code. I might reuse the meta-code I invented 30+ years ago. Or define a new one.
Bring lexer/parser and meta-code generation together. Write a ton of test, or better use TDD, I might use behave for that.
Well, I hope this time I find the time and energy to realize this idea.
Concept Map in Python with iGraph
Currently I work as a Scrum Master, hence I've to read a lot of User Stories, Defects and Requirements. So basically a lot of text. But since I'm a somewhat visual oriented person, I understand most concepts better if I see a graph or a visual representation of it.
A little background. In my early C# days, I was invited to a Microsoft Coding Dojo in Unterschleissheim near Munich. The main speaker for that evening event was Ralf Westphal a charismatic Programmer, Software Architekt and conference speaker. Btw. check out his website ralfw.de.
He showed us at the beginning of the Dojo, how you can create a concept map out of written requirements. And later use this concept map to identify classes, relationships, data models and even the basic infrastructure architecture.
Since back then I wanted a specialized software for drawing such concept maps. For a long time I used pen and paper to realize my concept maps. Then I used Mindmaps. But it was not what I wanted. So for a long time I carried this idea around with me to write my on specialized version.
Finally I think the time is right and the technologies are developed to write such a little tool.
Define a simple syntax for a one line parser syntax. Maybe use antlr as lexer/parser generator E.g.: red is a color red is used in traffic lights red is used as signal color red is used to signal warning
Write a simple tkinter or alternatively a Web Interface for entering the concept map sentences
Implement the concept map generator based on the lexer/parser, maybe use iGraph
Polish with save/load/print, aso.
Here is a sample:
Robot Football Simulator Game
Another idea I have is to write a Robot Football Simulator Game. The idea is based on two separate ideas from other people(s). One inspiration was born 2002 from a little film sequence from "Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones". There is a scene in a Bar, where you see on screens some Robots playing (American) football. I liked this idea so much, that I never got it out of my mind.
Especially since I discovered American Football a few years earlier and I'm a fan of that sport. Hard, Regulated, Strategic, Technical challenging, entertaining, Team Sport, Individual performance and talent in players, what more can you want in a Sport. I even got involved with a local Football team, the Munich Cowboys. Anyway since 2002 I wanted to write such a game.
The beginning you can find in my Football Field Generator here:
And recently I found a very interesting Video from David Randal Miller about programming creatures with genetic algorithm: "I programmed some creatures. They Evolved."
Build a 'living' environment for testing the football robots
Implement the 5 building blocks of genetic algorithm
Visualize the progress
But it is not trivial, so it might take me several years to get it in a reasonable working state.
Flutter Desktop for macOS/linux
Use the 37h video course from freeCodeCamp.org to learn dart and flutter
Build a start project with flutter/dart. Maybe the concept map idea?
Release as open source project
Btw. I think, that Flutter will overtake the node.js/Electron combination in the next few years. I wouldn't be surprised if Visual Studio Code could be one of the early adopters. But we will see, what the creative minds will create with this new Desktop/Mobile cross-platform framework.
Ok, that where my top 5 ideas, I want to work on the next 12 month. Maybe you find something for yourself. Or you might have input or resources for me. Would be nice if you drop a comment.
With that written, I wish you all a nice, relaxing and peaceful spring/summer. Maybe give German American Football a try: GFL TV
And maybe I drop a blog entry, if I come across something interesting.
As always apply this rule: "Questions, feel free to ask. If you have ideas or find errors, mistakes, problems or other things which bother or enjoy you, use your common sense and be a self-reliant human being."
Have a good one. Alex