For about ten years now I am the CTO at WorldLingo. During those years I have seen quite a few people join and leaving us eventually. Below is a small snapshot of how time has passed. Obviously I am quite proud to be somewhat the rock in the sea.
If you like to know how the video was created, then read on.
I download the source of the code_swarm project following the description, i.e. I used
svn checkout http://codeswarm.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ codeswarm-read-only
to get the code and then ran
ant allin its root directory:
[echo] Running INIT
[echo] Running BUILD
[mkdir] Created dir: C:\CODESW~1\build
[javac] Compiling 18 source files to C:\CODESW~1\build
[copy] Copying 1 file to C:\CODESW~1\build
[echo] Running JAR
[mkdir] Created dir: C:\CODESW~1\dist
[jar] Building jar: C:\CODESW~1\dist\code_swarm.jar
[echo] Building ALL
Total time: 6 seconds
Note that this is on my Windows machine. After the build you will have to edit the config file to have your settings and regular expressions match your project. I really took the supplied sample config file, copied it and modified these lines:
# This is a sample configuration file for code_swarm
# Input file
# Project time per frame
# Optional Method instead of MillisecondsPerFrame
ColorAssign1="wlsystem",".*wlsystem.*", 0,0,255, 0,0,255
ColorAssign2="www",".*www.*", 0,255,0, 0,255,0
ColorAssign3="docs",".*docs.*", 102,0,255, 102,0,255
ColorAssign4="serverconfig",".*serverconf.*", 255,0,0, 255,0,0
# Save each frame to an image?
This is just adjusting the labels and turning on the snap shots to be able to create a video at the end. I found a tutorial that explained how to set this up.
What did not work for me is getting mencoder to work. I downloaded the MPlayer Windows installer from its official site and although it is meant to have mencoder included it does not. Or I am blind.
So, I simply ran
to fetch the history of our repository spanning about 10 years - going from Visual SourceSafe, to CVS and currently running on Subversion. One further problem was that the output file of the above script was not named as I had previously specified in the config file, so I had to rename it like so:
ren realtime_sample1157501935.xml wl-repevents.xml
After that I was able to use
run.bat data\wl.configto see the full movie in real time.
With the snap shots created but me not willing to further dig into the absence of mencoder I fired up my trusted MacBookPro and used Quicktime to create the movie from an image sequence.
When Quicktime did its magic I saved the .mov file and used VisualHub to convert it to a proper video format to upload to Vimeo. And that was it really.