With this project I aim to present a view of how well I, as a person, am operating. I was inspired to do this after seeing how beautifully Google Apps Dashboard presents a view of how their systems have been operating. The things I find impressive about it, and aim to steal, are:
- It doesn't just show how things are today. because most of the time I know how things are today.
- It doesn't go too far into the past, at least in its initial view. I dwell on the past enough as it is.
- It isn't overly free-form. I think Google's structured approach is better, at least for internal use, than simply posting notes to a blog.
- It shows a lot of fields in a small amount of space.
The main difference is that instead of automatically collecting data, data will need to be entered in by a human. As I learned in the first chapter of Beautiful Data, this can be challenging. My initial strategy will be to remind me to use it, but only if I don't use it on my own.
Getting Started (DRAFT)
- Have a working Ruby setup with Bundler
- Be logged into your Cloudant account
- Sign up for a Heroku account and install the Heroku gem
- Clone this repo
heroku create <<appname>>
- Set up a CouchDB database
- Create a database
- Create an API key
- Give that API key read, write, delete permissions on the database
heroku config COUCH\_URL <<database url>>(CLOUDANT_URL also works, as a fallback, if you decide to use Cloudant's Heroku add-on)
Running locally and deploying to other services is left as an exercise for the reader.
- Deploy to Heroku
- Force SSL in production
- Set up database (Cloudant)
- Get fake data in database
- Implement viewing
- Implement editing
- Implement notifications