judit lázaro moyano

developer, philologist & tightrope walker


These days, becoming better turned out to be a blurry concept - now, it's all about being inhumanly, incoherently, and impossibly efficient. The idea of performance management or the questions surrounding "why keeping score is so important" mean nothing, as our industry, similarly to the video games one, is obviously hit-driven: all that matters is an application, tool, or game blowing up, but no one tells you all the things you'll lose while walking through that valley.

In this context, these thoughts made me work on a tool I could privately use to improve my productivity - because nothing is enough. That's how mergeOS, a MacBook shortcut allowing users to easily preview, manage, and access their development responsibilities, was born.

Needless to say, accessibility has always been one of my main goals, no matter if I was developing something for others or my own pleasure and entertainment. Considering this, I tried to simplify all the functionalities and authentication steps as much as possible for mergeOS, which resulted in the following requirements:

  1. Download, unzip, and install the latest release.
  2. With the app open, go to Authentication.
  3. Enter your GitHub username.
  4. Generate a GitHub access token with repo scope.
  5. Enter your token.

After that, and once you've accessed the Settings... option, you'll find the following sections:

  1. Authentication, allowing users to connect directly to their GitHub account.
  2. General, where users can choose the build information and labels displayed, the pull requests they'd want to visualize, the application's refreshing rate, or the "launch at login" option.
  3. Shortcuts, enabling users to record their preferred shortcuts for the application's main functionalities.
  4. Appearance, where displaying a counter near the icon indicating the assigned, created, and review-requested pull requests becomes a reality. It is also possible to customize the menu bar icon: a PR image, GitHub's logo, an Octocat... you choose!

Since I created this application thinking of a tool I myself would want to use, I tried to respect GitHub's icons, colors, and aesthetic decisions as much as possible, just so that I could feel mergeOS as an extension and not something merely external.

Showcase image no. 1 for mergeOS
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Tools & Technologies The tech stack I was involved with.

  • Swift
  • Xcode
  • Storyboard
  • GitHub API