iTerm2 Glucose

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iTerm2 with oh-my-zsh is my goto environment for doing anything on the command line. The tool allows infinite amounts of customization. Recently they announced a feature called the status bar. You can check out the feature here. It lets you display nifty information like current CPU/Network/Mem Utilization. What is really cool though, is that you can take it a step further. You can customize it to display your current kubernetes context or even your current AWS Profile. This got me thinking, I wonder if I could display my current Blood Glucose there?

Problem Statement

So the question is, how can I display my current blood glucose on my terminal.

First Attempt

I am running an open source website called Nightscout that scraped my blood glucose data from a continuous glucose monitor that I wear on my body. This site also exposes an endpoint I can GET to obtain my current blood glucose reading. So my first thought was, this should be simple. All I need to do is curl that endpoint and then display that in my terminal.

Not so FAST!

I immediately noticed that while this solution worked, it seriously slowed down the speed of my terminal. What was happening was that every time I executed a command, my terminal would attempt to update my current glucose by curling the endpint. This added about half a second of latency to my terminal, that gives the immpression of an unresponsive dev tool.

There has to be a better way…

And there is! I decided that what I could do instead is just have a cron job that runs on my mac, curls that endpoint every 3 mintues, and writes the result to a file. Then from there, I could just output the text of that file in my terminal prompt! Now that is super fast!

Hey, this sounds cool, how do I get set up?

Check out the repo at github. There you will find all the instructions you need to get setup. Happy Hacking

Daniel Diaz
Daniel Diaz
Sr. DevOps Engineer

My interests include Python, Kubernetes and Machine Learning.