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README.md

ClubhouseRuby

ClubhouseRuby is a lightweight Ruby wrapper of the Clubhouse REST API.

Clubhouse is a radical project management tool particularly well suited to software development. If you're not familiar with them, go check them out! ❤️

This gem is built with the philosophy that a good API wrapper is a simpler alternative to a comprehensive client library and can provide a nice interface to the API using dynamic Ruby metaprogramming techniques rather than mapping functionality from the API to the library piece by piece.

This enables the wrapper to be loosely coupled to the current implementation of the API, which makes it more resilient to change. Also, this approach takes much less code and maintenance effort, allowing the developer to be lazy. A reasonable person might fairly assume this to be the true rationale behind the philosophy. They'd be right.

Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'clubhouse_ruby'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it globally:

$ gem install clubhouse_ruby

Or transcribe the code by carving it character by character into the mechanically articulated hand built stone sculpture you've developed that operates as an effective turing machine when lubricated with oil.

Usage

This gem is a lightweight API wrapper. That means you'll need to refer to the API documentation to figure out what resources and actions exist.

On the plus side, once you know what you want to do, using this gem should be simple.

Instantiate an object to interface with the API:

clubhouse = ClubhouseRuby::Clubhouse.new(<YOUR CLUBHOUSE API TOKEN>)

The API can also provide responses in CSV format instead of the default JSON:

clubhouse = ClubhouseRuby::Clubhouse.new(<YOUR CLUBHOUSE API TOKEN>, response_format: :csv)

Then, call methods on the object matching the resource(s) and action you are interested in. For example, if you want to list all available epics, you need to access the endpoint at https://api.clubhouse.io/api/v1/epics. The clubhouse_ruby gem uses an explicit action:

clubhouse.epics.list
# => {
#   code: "200",
#   status: "OK",
#   content: [
#    {
#      "entity_type" => "epic",
#      "id" => 1,
#      "external_id" => nil,
#      "name" => "An Odyssian Epic",
#      "description" => "Outrageously epic.",
#      "created_at" => "...",
#      "updated_at" => "...",
#      "deadline "=> nil,
#      "state" => "to do",
#      "position" => 1,
#      "started" => false,
#      "started_at" => nil,
#      "started_at_override" => nil,
#      "completed" => false,
#      "completed_at" => nil,
#      "completed_at_override" => nil,
#      "archived" => false,
#      "labels" => [...],
#      "milestone_id" => nil,
#      "follower_ids" => [...],
#      "owner_ids" => [...],
#      "project_ids" => [...],
#      "comments" => [...],
#      "stats" => {...},
#     }, ...
#   ]
# }

If the endpoint you want requires parameters, say if you wanted to create an epic, you provide a hash to the action call following the resource:

clubhouse.epics.create(name: "My New Epic", state: "to do")
# => {
#   code: "201",
#   status: "Created",
#   content: {
#     "entity_type" => "epic",
#     "id" => 2,
#     "extenal_id" => nil,
#     "name" => "My New Epic",
#     "description" => "",
#     ...
#   }
# }

If the endpoint you want is nested, you can build a path by chaining method calls, providing any required parent resource id as an argument to that method in the chain. For example, if you wanted to list all the stories associated with a particular project:

clubhouse.projects(<project_id>).stories.list
# => {
#   code: "200",
#   status: "OK",
#   content: [
#     {
#       "entity_type" => "story",
#       "archived" => false,
#       "created_at" => "...",
#       "updated_at" => "...",
#       "id" => 1,
#       "external_id" => nil,
#       "name" => "Rescue Prince",
#       "story_type" => "feature",
#       "description" => "The prince is trapped in a tower and needs freeing.",
#       "position" => 1,
#       ...
#     }, ...
#   ]
# }

You can search stories, using standard Clubhouse search operators:

clubhouse.search_stories(page_size: 25, query: 'state:500000016')
# => {
#   code: "200",
#   status: "OK",
#   content: {
#     "next" => "/api/v2/search/stories?query=state%3A500000016&page_size=25&next=a8acc6577548df7a213272f7f9f617bcb1f8a831~24",
#     "data" => [
#       {
#         "entity_type" => "story",
#         "archived" => false,
#         "created_at" => "...",
#         "updated_at" => "...",
#         ...
#       }, ...
#     ]
#   }
# }

You can build a path in steps rather than all at once, and execution is deferred until the action call:

clubhouse.projects(<project_id>)
clubhouse.stories
clubhouse.list
# => as above

If you are building a path and you make a mistake, you can clear the path:

clubhouse.projects(project_id)
clubhouse.epics
clubhouse.clear_path
# => []

You don't need to clear the path after a complete request, as that happens automatically.

Note that the chained methods are always resources (with an id for a parent when accessing nested resources) followed by a final action that matches the methods in the Clubhouse API documentation.

These resources and methods are enumerated in the source code here but generally you should find the url you are interested in from the docs.

Errors

Errors are passed through from the API relatively undecorated:

clubhouse = ClubhouseRuby::Clubhouse.new("unrecognized token")
clubhouse.epics.list
# => {
#   code: "401",
#   status: "Unauthorized",
#   content: {
#     "message" => "Unauthorized",
#     "tag" => "unauthorized"
#   }
# }

Arbitrary combinations of resources not building a path that matches a url the API knows about will fail.

clubhouse.epics(epic_id).stories.list
# => {
#   code: "404",
#   status: "Not Found",
#   content: {
#     "message" => "Page not Found"
#   }
# }

Note: the v1 API returns forbidden rather than not found.

Attempting to access a nested resource without providing the parent id as an argument is a bad request:

clubhouse.projects.stories.list
# => {
#   code: "400",
#   status: "Bad Request",
#   content: {
#     "message" => "The request included invalid or missing parameters.",
#     "errors" => {
#       "project-public-id" => [
#         "not", [
#           "integer?",
#           "projects"
#         ]
#       ]
#     }
#   }
# }

Version

The current version of the clubhouse_ruby gem supports the current version of the API, version 2. If you want something that definitely works with v1, use version 0.2.0 of clubhouse_ruby.

Development

After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies and following the instructions. Specifically, you can choose to provide a genuine Clubhouse API token in the .env file. This will be important if you want to use bin/console for an interactive prompt that allows you to experiment with the gem and real API responses.

Use rake spec to run the tests. The tests don't make external requests but rather use VCR for stubbed responses. If you want to play with the tests and get real API responses (perhaps to extend the suite or for a new feature) then you'll need to have an API token in the env as described above.

Note that the current test suite is far from exhaustive and could do with some love.

NB: If you have implemented a feature that requires a new cassette, make sure you change the uri referenced by the cassette you added to remove the API token if you have updated the environment to use your token. Otherwise your API token will be in publically visible from the code in this repo.

Contributing

Bug reports and pull requests are entirely welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/philipcastiglione/clubhouse_ruby.

License

The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

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