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1. Overview

Demo to show how to make a JAM stack application using C8DB and gatsby.

This demo makes use of c8db-source-plugin to get some of the data as markdown and then transform it to HTML to display directly in the browser.

2. Prerequisites

  1. nodejs and npm must be installed on your system.

  2. There should be a collection called markdownContent in your federation, with a single document with title and content fields in markdown format.

    A sample document in markdownContent can be seen below:

"title": "## A Next-Generation Polling Application",
"content": "Built from the ground up - Ut pariatur velit eu fugiat ut. Veniam commodo non esse proident ut anim irure voluptate commodo aliqua tempor Lorem excepteur cupidatat. Nulla commodo ex laboris eu sit nisi exercitation dolore labore qui elit non Lorem minim. Voluptate pariatur anim esse irure ipsum ut pariatur. Mollit occaecat velit occaecat sint pariatur tempor. Consectetur culpa tempor dolore amet officia dolore nulla nisi sunt ea."

content and title keys in the document are in the markdown format. Once they go through gatsby-source-c8db, data in title is converted to <h2></h2>, and content to <p></p>.

  1. There should be a collection called polls where the poll data will be stored.

In the polls collection each poll will be stored as a separate document. A sample document is mentioned below:

 "pollName": "Which pet do you prefer?",
 "polls": [
     "editing": false,
     "id": "975e41",
     "text": "dog",
     "votes": 2
     "editing": false,
     "id": "b8aa60",
     "text": "cat",
     "votes": 1

Deployment Prerequisites

  1. Create a S3 bucket with Public Access(for more steps look at Deploy on CloudFront Section). Enable Static Website Hosting from the Properties tab of the S3 bucket, mention index.html as the index document.

  2. Create a CloudFront Distribution with Origin Domain Name pointing to the S3 Bucket where you will upload all the build files, set Default Root Object to index.html. Once the Distribution is created, navigate to the invalidations tab of the Distribution and create an invalidation with * in the Object Paths. Then, go to the Error Page tab and Create Custom Error Response for 403 and 404 response codes, mention /index.html in Response Page Path column and 200 in HTTP Response Code, set Error Catching Minimum TTL and save the settings.

3. Providing connection to the federation for the plugin.

The federation login details along with the collection to be used and transformations has to be provided in the application's gatsby-config.js like below:

     resolve: "gatsby-source-c8db",
     options: {
       config: "",
       auth: {
         email: "<my-email>",
         password: "<my-password>"
       geoFabric: "<my-geoFabric>",
       collection: 'markdownContent',
       map: {
         markdownContent: { 
           title: "text/markdown",
           content: "text/markdown" 

4. Running the app locally

NOTE: This step is just for running the UI locally. The actual app is deployed on an AWS S3 Bucket. For the steps on S3 goto the How to deploy app on S3 and CloudFront section.

  1. Clone this reopo
  2. Run npm install to get all the node modules
  3. Execute npm run develop to start the local server. This will start local development server on http://localhost:<some_port> and the GraphiQL should be at http://localhost:<some_port>/___graphql

5. How to deploy app(UI) on S3 and CloudFront

If node_modules is not there, execute npm install. If you dont have S3 CLI configured then configure it. More info can be found here.

This project makes use of gatsby-plugin-s3 to publish to S3. Make sure you have a bucket on S3 with appropriate bucket policy.

A sample bucket policy is:

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "PublicReadGetObject",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Principal": "*",
            "Action": "s3:GetObject",
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::<your-s3-bucket-name>/*"

Once the bucket and distribution are made just provide your bucketName and hostname in the gatsby-config.js file of the project

      resolve: `gatsby-plugin-s3`,
      options: {
        bucketName: '',
        protocol: "http",
        hostname: ""

Once the config file is place, simply run npm run deploy.

6. Already deployed demo

To allow multiple people to vote on the same topic just share the vote URL with them. A sample URL can be

To create a new poll use

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