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Visualising the Evolution of our Source Code


We have well over 100k lines of code in the core system right now, that’s not even counting all the supporting templates, images etc that is all over the place.

We run a hybrid system between Symfony 1.3 and Symfony 2.1, parts of our system is in the old Symfony and parts in the new Symfony2.

People always likes cool pictures (especially the kind that move), so I set off on a path to take our SVN repository of everything and visualise it.

Luckily for me, there’s already a tool to do this, called Gource. I have Gource 0.38 but it’s already at version 0.40 already with some nifty extra features.

Here’s the youtube video of the code as it progressed from 2007 up to August 2013. Can’t believe it’s been 6 years worth of development! (Best viewed at HD-720p)

In order to do this, you go into your base-SVN folder and do the following commands:

As you can see, it’s rather straight forward.

  1. Firstly you get the SVN log – this takes a while especially on a large project like this.
  2. Secondly you run the log (in XML format) through gource to create the video – you pipe the video to ffmpeg to make the mp4
  3. Lastly if you’d like, open it in iMovie and add sound to it, like I did.

Important to notice that you shouldn’t fiddle with the video while gource is running, because everything you do to the app while it runs is saved to the mp4. Just… be patient 🙂

You can find gource here:

I just installed it with brew (in OSX), instructions can be found here:

Well, it was fun 🙂 And it looks pretty, so I guess it was worth the hour it took me 🙂

Human Readable bytes (Twig Filter Extension)


Recently we needed a Twig Filter that takes bytes (as an integer) and translates that to the nearest human readable version of it. For example… if you have 100 bytes, that’s easy, it’s written as in “100 B”. But, what if you have more than 1024 bytes? Then, for example of having 2000 bytes, it is “1.953125 KB” (i.e. the first 1024 bytes is a kilobyte and the remaining 976 bytes is 0.953125 kilobytes).

You can read more here:

What we actually want to do here is “filter” the bytes and translate that to a human readable, close to the biggest denominator, string that makes it easy for us to see the size of data. For instance, it’s very very difficult to see at a glance how big 1234567890 Bytes are, but if you break it down to the closest 1024 multiple, you note that 1234567890 Bytes = 1.15 GB (rounded).

The easy way for us to solve this was to use a Twig Filter Extension. Our extension is used as below:

… this will take 123456789012345 and divide it by 1024 until it can go no further, and will then eventually print out 112.283 TB

How do we do this? We take advantage of some math and PHP:

The above code is common use for doing this calculation so I won’t go into this too much. You can read more on this at in the comments section.

Putting it into a Twig Extension is pretty easy, there’s mainly 3 steps:

  1. Create the Twig Extension (anywhere, really, we put it in our “util” bundle in Symfony2)
  2. Register the extension as a  service
  3. Use it 🙂 – anywhere in your project

To create a Twig Extension in Symfony2 read:

We went one step further though, in order to make the extension a little more flexible. We used a wildcard. In the section where you register your twig filters you may use wildcards, here’s our getFilters method code:

The wildcard at the end of ‘bytesTo*’ means we can put just about anything we want there. This means we can have a filter saying, even though this might not resolve to the closest GB, we’d like to force it to resolve to GB and end up with something like 0.005 GB or 4000.123 GB even.

Full source of our Extension Class to see it all work together (with some sanity checks) can be seen below:

This gives us the following ways of using it:

… yielding the following results:

Hope this is helpful and somebody can use this! n-Joy!

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