This is a Chrome-extension that displays one of your starred repos in the sidebar of the GitHub.com frontpage, when you're logged in. You can download it at the Chrome Web Store. If you found a bug, file an issue. Thanks!
The usual procedure is like this: you visit a repo, you think it's interesting, you star it — you forget about it. Maybe later you'll visit it again, think it's interesting and realize, that you already starred it and totally forgot about it.
That's a shame. And it is where GH-Random-Favorite comes to the rescue. Everytime you visit Github.com you will not only see the activity stream and a selection of your repos, but also one randomly picked repo of your favorites list.
You will re-discover real treasures!
How does it work?
Unfortunately there is no way to load a list of all starred repos at once as they're paginated. So the extension makes an API-call to get the amount of pages and randomly choose one page from that interval. After that it loads all starred repos from this page and randomly picks one. That's the repo that appears in your sidebar on GitHub.com.
Due to the design of the GitHub-API there'll always be two requests necessary to get the random repo. The first request only fetches header data and is thereby rather "cheap". Nonetheless it counts as a fully qualified request and thus hits the counter.
As the extension requests the public API the amount of requests per hour is limited to 60. This means that when you frequent/refresh your GitHub frontpage more than 30 times in an hour, the GH-Random-Favorite won't appear anymore until GitHub resets your counter.
Actually there's nothing to preview. A nice feature to circumvent the API-limit would be to integrate OAuth. But I'll wait for feedback before doing this. If you like to contribute you don't have to wait for feedback: fork the repo, set up a feature branch, integrate the feature and make a pull-request ;-)
Another feature - with an actually higher priority - would be to publish GH-Random-Favorite as a Firefox-extension as well. But I have neither plans nor a schedule regarding that.
To get started developing, clone the repo and install the dependencies:
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:herschel666/gh-random-favorite.git $ cd gh-random-favorite $ npm install && bower install
There'll be a Grunt task for debugging:
$ grunt debug
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