Ahmad Awais



๐ŸŽจ 1 Million+ Developer Users of My Shades of Purple Theme

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais
๐Ÿ™Œ Howdy! This piece is a part of my 2018 Year in Review (read the context) โ†’

That’s right. Something incredibly amazing happened last year. After switching to VSCode, I struggled with finding a good theme that was actually built for VSCode and not just a theme migrated from another editor.

So, I built this suit of themes called ๐Ÿฆ„ Shades of Purple for VSCode, iTerm2, Hyper Terminal, Slack, AlfredApp, HighlightJS, Prism React, Code Surfer, and even got community contributions in the form of the same theme being ported for Cygwin and Konsole. Proud of it, AH!

Shades Of Purple

โœ… When you build something to solve your own problems and share it with others (especially as a Free & Open Source Software) chances are it can click well with them. This is exactly what happened here.

๐Ÿค” I was building the LMS platform to host my VSCode.pro course. I would code the same logic as the video end event in JavaScript, PHP, Go-lang, CSS, and HTML. So, a variable like videoEnd had representation in all these languages. Interesting?!

โŒ Guess what? Every programming language would color the variables different. At one time I had yellow, blue, pink, red, and green colors as the syntax highlighting for the same damn variable across different languages. That would mess my brain up.

๐Ÿคฏ So, I went ahead and built a theme that’s consistent enough across 30+ languages and is inspired by many great themes. I got a couple of designer friends to review the theme’s design and worked on its accessibility.

โšก๏ธ This project quickly became my favorite side-project and has helped me become a better programmer. I know the data types by their color (so when things go wrong my brain can pick it up before a linter does). Amazing!

๐Ÿ˜ฎ What happened with the Shades of Purple project was beyond any kind of growth I have ever seen for my open source software. Maybe it’s the awesome VSCode community or just maybe for once I created something really useful. Who knows. Check out the stats:

WOW! OK, maybe that’s too much. But hey, I love it. Shades of Purple theme has created the sort of a geeky #PurpleRevolution. Everyone knows I love the purple color. Purple is genius.

Peace! โœŒ๏ธ

Go ahead and install the ๐Ÿฆ„ Shades of Purple VSCode theme โ†’

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Edutainer & teacher at VSCode.pro ๐ŸŽฉ Full-time #OpenSourcerer ๐ŸฆŠ Google Developers Expert for Web ๐Ÿฅ‘ OSS Developer Advocate ๐ŸŒณ Node.js Foundation Community Committee Member ๐Ÿ”ฅ Ridiculously hard-working Full Stack Web Developer ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hilarious comedian โ“ฆ Regular WordPress Core Developer ๐Ÿ“ฃ TEDx Speaker โœŒ๏ธ Spends 50-80% of his time building professional FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) used by over 1,399,687 Developers ๐Ÿ™Œ Cloud Community Evangelist ๐ŸŽฏ JavaScript & DevOps fanboy ๐Ÿ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ๐Ÿ• Learn more about Ahmad โ†ฃ

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