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WTF Dial GitHub release test deploy

This project provides a real-time dashboard for teams to view how f-cked up they currently are. Each team member provides input to specify the level at which they feel the team is currently messed up. These values range from 0% (meaning team feels there are no WTF situations) to 100% (meaning the members feel the team is completely f-cked).

The idea for this came from Peter Bourgon's tweets.

How to use this repository

This repository was built to help others learn how to build a fully functioning Go application. It can be used in several ways:

  1. As a reference—the code is well documented. Honestly, too documented for most projects but the goal here is to be as clear as possible for anyone reading the code.

  2. As a walkthrough—companion blog posts will be added to the Go Beyond web site that walk through the various parts of the application and explain the design choices. You can find the initial blog post here:

  3. Ask questions in the GitHub Discussions board.

You can also see the project structure overview below to get a quick overview of the application structure.

Project structure

The wtf project organizes code with the following approach:

  1. Application domain types go in the root—User, UserService, Dial, etc.
  2. Implementations of the application domain go in subpackages—sqlite, http, etc.
  3. Everything is tied together in the cmd subpackages—cmd/wtf & cmd/wtfd.

Application domain

The application domain is the collection of types which define what your application does without defining how it does it. For example, if you were to describe what WTF Dial does to a non-technical person, you would describe it in terms of Users and Dials.

We also include interfaces for managing our application domain data types which are used as contracts for the underlying implementations. For example, we define a wtf.DialService interface for CRUD (Create/Read/Update/Delete) actions and SQLite does the actual implementation.

This allows all packages to share a common understanding of what each service does. We can swap out implementations, or more importantly, we can layer implementations on top of one another. We could, for example, add a Redis caching layer on top of our database layer without having the two layers know about one another as long as they both implement the same common interface.

Implementation subpackages

Most subpackages are used as an adapter between our application domain and the technology that we're using to implement the domain. For example, sqlite.DialService implements the wtf.DialService using SQLite.

The subpackages generally should not know about one another and should communicate in terms of the application domain.

These are separated out into the following packages:

  • http—Implements services over HTTP transport layer.
  • inmem—Implements in-memory event listener service & subscriptions.
  • sqlite—Implements services on SQLite storage layer.

There is also a mock package which implements simple mocks for each of the application domain interfaces. This allows each subpackage's unit tests to share a common set of mocks so layers can be tested in isolation.

Binary packages

The implementation subpackages are loosely coupled so they need to be wired together by another package to actually make working software. That's the job of the cmd subpackages which produce the final binary.

There are two binaries:

  • wtfd—the WTF server
  • wtf—the client CLI application

Each of these binaries collect the services together in different ways depending on the use case.

The wtfd server binary creates a sqlite storage layer and adds the http transport layer on top. The wtf client binary doesn't have a storage layer. It only needs the client side http transport layer.

The cmd packages are ultimately the interface between the application domain and the operator. That means that configuration types & CLI flags should live in these packages.

Other packages

A few smaller packages don't fall into the organization listed above:

  • csv—implements a csv.DialEncoder for encoding a list of Dial objects to a writer using the CSV format.
  • http/html-groups together HTML templates used by the http package.


You can build wtf locally by cloning the repository, then run:

$ make 
$ go install ./cmd/...

The wtfd server uses GitHub for authentication so you'll need to create a new GitHub OAuth App. Set the value of the authorization callback URL to http://HOST[:PORT]/oauth/github/callback, where HOST[:PORT] is the host name or IP address at which clients can access the wtfd server, with an optional port number (e.g. localhost:3000 when running locally).

Next, you'll need to setup a configuration file in ~/wtfd.conf:

client-id     = "00000000000000000000"
client-secret = "0000000000000000000000000000000000000000"

addr      = ":3000"
block-key = "0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000"
hash-key  = "00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000"

Replace the GitHub client-id & client-secret with the values from the GitHub OAuth application you registered.

The [http] section can be left as-is for a local environment. The key fields need random hex values for generating secure cookies but all zeros is ok for local testing.

Finally, run the wtfd server and open the web site at http://localhost:3000:

$ $GOPATH/bin/wtfd


The wtf-storybook binary allows you to test UI views with prepopulated data. This can make it easier to quickly test certain scenarios without needing to set up your backend database.

To run storybook, simply build it and run it:

$ go install ./cmd/wtf-storybook
$ wtf-storybook
Listening on http://localhost:3001

To add a new view, add an entry to the routes variable:

var routes = []*Route{
	// Show dial listing when user has no dials.
		Name: "Dial listing with data",
		Path: "/dials-with-no-data",
		Renderer: &html.DialIndexTemplate{
			Dials: []*wtf.Dial{},

Then navigate to https://localhost:3001 and you'll see it displayed in the list.


By default, the SQLite tests run against in-memory databases. However, you can specify the -dump flag for the tests to write data out to temporary files. This works best when running against a single test.

$ go test -run=MyTest -dump ./sqlite

You can then inspect that database using the sqlite3 CLI to see its contents.


This application is built for educational purposes so additional functionality will likely be rejected. Please feel free to submit an issue if you're interested in seeing something added. Please do not simply submit a pull request.