I want to create a GitHub app for Mac OS X that will allow you to stay up-to-date on the latest activities of your friends and favorite open-source projects.
Inspiration for this project comes from elegant Twitter clients for the Mac, including Tweetie, Hibari, Itsy, and Echofon. I would like the interface to be simple and beautiful, while at the same time offering a full-featured tool for GitHub power users (I'd put myself in this group).
Hubcap will use the GitHub API to display your activity feed, notifications, and inbox messages. It will also allow you to compose and send new messages, follow new people or projects, and read the news feed of individuals, organizations, or projects.
Hubcap will be a Cocoa app written primarily in MacRuby. I've been writing Ruby code for over 5 years, both professionally and open source, including extensive work on the Twitter gem. I've also been doing Cocoa Touch development in Objective C since the iOS (née iPhone OS) SDK was released.
I expect to have an alpha version completed in April, with beta versions coming in the early summer, and 1.0 shipping in the fall, at which point the source code will be made available to everyone (on GitHub, of course).
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