Geekery, Life

How I Hack Productivity – Google Calendar, Trello, Zapier

These days, I practically live and die by my calendar. I have a ton of meetings for projects, interviews, mentorship, and even a little coding. Being able to manage this and still feel productive has been a struggle as of late. Fortunately, I have my own Productivity Yoda here at the office! She’s been giving me a few guidelines and tricks and I have been running from there. I still have to work on the “making time” aspect of my work, but I have gotten a great handle on “managing time” aspect of my work and here’s how I’m doing it.

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Coding

Getting Bamboo Build Notifications in Slack Using Zapier

Zapier to the rescue again!!! We’re using the Bamboo continuous integration platform that Atlassian provides to verify our unit tests are running before we submit pull requests. With 5 developers on a project, each touching different aspects of the code, having a solid unit test foundation is key. While “cloud” bamboo hosting has a variety of notification options, posting to a Slack channel is not one of them. However, this trick will get you running in no time.

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Geekery

Getting AppHarbor Build Messages in Slack using Zapier

As I’ve been working through my prayer journal app, one thing I’ve been working on is streamlining my internal processing when it comes to watching my code builds and other things. To do so, I’ve started using Slack, a great (and free) communications tool that has tons of hooks for various platforms. One of the things I wanted was to track the build status of my code deployments from BitBucket to AppHarbor. Sadly there aren’t any “predone” recipes out there. However, thanks to some details from a StackOverflow question, this is a lot easier than it seems. Continue reading “Getting AppHarbor Build Messages in Slack using Zapier”