roymosby.me

Professionalizing your github account

Published: Wed, Jun 30, 2021

pretend GitHub contribution graph

Egomadking is an online handle that has served me well since the days we had to pay for hourly dial-up. Without going into too many details, it is a nod to a couple of characters from Gaelic mythology. Years ago, I signed up with GitHub using that username without thinking much about how long I would be sticking with the platform.

Along the way, it's been a conversation piece- which is all well and fine as a hobbyist. As I have become more serious in my pursuit of a coding career, that username has been much on my mind. While it's not an embarrassment, it is a distraction. I have found myself in a position of explaining the username rather than getting straight to focusing my GitHub content.

To get rid of that distraction, I've decided to change my username. Since it is bound up tightly with my git workflow and development history I have decided to document how a name change works.

Side Effects

Positive effects

Does not affect

Process

  1. Created another account with target name so it's not lost while doing research.
  2. Deleted that account to free up name when ready to make the swap on original account.
  3. Change current account's username.
  4. Created new account to regain relinquished username. NOTE: username squatting is against GitHub's user account policy. This is only a temporary measure while any old links still have not been changed.
  5. Rename repos used for GitHub pages and Readme to re-enable their functionality.
  6. Update origin on local repos.

Closing

While it affects a great deal of content in a GitHub account, changing the username was a lot less painful than I thought it would be. I hope that this serves as a reference for anyone else out there that wants to tweak polish up their account for a job hunt. I've provided a the git commands to change local repos and some further reading below

You're not going to get me to remove that sock puppet holding a mackerel any time soon though...

Git Commands

To check a local repo's origin:

git remote -v

# which will output something like:

#: origin git@github.com:egomadking/RecipeBook.git (fetch)
#: origin git@github.com:egomadking/RecipeBook.git (push)

To change a local repo's origin, update the username portion

##                                       *CHANGE THIS*
git remote set-url origin git@github.com:royemosby/RecipeBook.git
## variation if using https:
## *CHANGE THIS*
git remote set-url origin https://github.com/royemosby/RecipeBook.git

References



Portrait of Roy

I'm open to work!

  • Looking for a back-end or full-stack position that will leverage my strength in researching business processes and translating them into code.
  • I've worked with JavasScript, Ruby, and PHP but am game to learn other scripting languages.
  • Prior to development I have 20 year military service- I have the leadership experience and know-how to complete the mission.
  • Most importantly, I am all about making positive impact at organizations that see inclusivity as a strength rather than an obligation.

If you have room on your team, I'm looking for a good place to put my skills to use!