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README.md

jToxKit

JavaScript kit of of chem-informatics UI and data mangement tools

(a replacement of https://github.com/ideaconsult/Toxtree.js)

[TOC]

Background

Since the toolkit strives to provide different types of functionality - from automating the simple data querying machanism, to parsing and enriching received responses, to providing the whole complete web UI for searching, viewing and manipulating chem-informatics data. Therefore two basic principles can be found in organizing the it:

  • Functionality is spread among three layers: core (data communication & orchestration), widgets (isolated UI elements) and kits (fullu functional, ready-to-be used bundles providing end user experience).
  • Utilize a LEGO-like principle, i.e. ability to combine different pieces of functionality together, e.g. - different translation types. Methodology also known as Entity Component System.

The later is provided by the small dedicated library asSys, which has deeper explanation on the paradigm. What it provides is the ability to develop certain functionality (wrapped in a "class", actually - prototype.) without even knowing what other functionality the instances will poses. For example one can have the functionality of WalkingObject wrapped in a prototype, then have FlyingObject, wrapped in another prototype and assign this functionality to different entities - Human type entity could have only WalkingObject functionality, Bird type entity could have both, and Plane type - only the FlyingObject. We call this wrapped functionality a skill, and the instances - agents.

The skill-sets layering follows simple principles:

  • Skills in core know nothing about UI - they provide pure data translation and manipulation functionality, which can freely be used on a server-side application as well.
  • Skills in widgets a focused in self-contained, standalone UI elements, which can be combined in an arbitrary way to produce desired final UI.
  • Code in kits is not skill-based, but rather provides full blown UIs, which can be easily configured and embedded in any web page.

Skills from core and widgets are designed to work together quite easily. For example jT.Translation skill expects the agent (i.e. instance) to have translateResponse method which comes from either jT.NesterSolrTranslation or from jT.RawSolrTranslation, and then expects to have method afterTranslation which could come from jT.ResultWidgeting skill, for example.

Dependencies

There are several libraries that jToxKit depends upon:

Embedding & Configuring

Embedding a full kit, should be as easy as:

  1. Referring proper .css and .js files;
  2. Adding a <div> element at the desired place, with proper attributes;
  3. Providing configuration.

This is the most probable way to ensure [1] is this in the HTML's <head>:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/jToxKit/www/jtox-kit.css">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style/jquery-ui-1.10.4.custom.min.css">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style/jquery.ui.theme.css">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style/jquery.range.css" type="text/css">

and this, at the end, after </html>:

<!-- these are pretty common -->
<script src="lib/jquery-1.10.2.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jquery-ui-1.10.4.custom.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/purl.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jquery.range-min.js"></script>

<!-- And here come the important ones -->
<script src="lib/jToxKit/libs/as-sys.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jToxKit/libs/solr-jsx.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jToxKit/libs/solr-jsx.widgets.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jToxKit/www/jtox-kit.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jToxKit/www/jtox-kit.widgets.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jToxKit/www/jtox-kit.kits.min.js"></script>

Of course, you can use non-minified versions as well. The paths are intentionally given in a way to give clues where the actual scripts can be found. Refer to (Re)building section for more information on that topic.

Adding a whole jTox-Kit is no more difficult:

<div id="search-ui" class="jtox-kit" data-kit="FacetedSearch" data-configuration="Settings" data-lookup-map="lookup"/>

Here's a small explanation to each property:

  • class="jtox-kit" marks an element for automatic processing upon jToxKit initialization, so it is critical to have this expanded at all.
  • data-kit="<type-of-the-kit>" - this property identifies which kit needs to be embedded. Refer to kits folder.
  • data-XXX="<property value>" is how kit-dependent properties are passed to the instance during its initialization. In this case two things are provided - the variable to get the configuration from, and the variable to use for lookup map, which is FacetedSearchKit-dependent stuff.

Finally, as can be deduces from above, the configuring is provided via variable name, passed with data-configuration property. There are other ways too:

  • If the provided variable is a function - it is called assumed to be:
 function (dataParameters, kitInstance);

, and is called within kit's instance context (i.e. this parameter);

  • if data-config-file is provided, an attempt is made to retrieve a JSON object from there.

The actual configuration heavily depends on the kit, being embedded. So, for the only (at the time of this writing) kit, an exemplary configuration looks like this:

var Settings = {
    ambitUrl: 'https://apps.ideaconsult.net/nanoreg1/',
    solrUrl: 'https://solr.ideaconsult.net/solr/nanoreg_shard1_replica1/',
    multipleSelection: true,
    keepAllFacets: true,
    aggregateFacets: true,

    listingFields: [
        "name:name_hs",
        "publicname:publicname_hs",
        "owner_name:owner_name_hs",
        "substanceType:substanceType_hs",
        "s_uuid:s_uuid_hs",
        "content:content_hss",
        "SUMMARY.*"
      ],
    summaryRenderers: {
        "SIZE": function (val, topic) {
            // ...
            return {
                'topic': topic.toLowerCase(),
                'content': pattern.replace(re, min + "&nbsp;&hellip;&nbsp;" + max)
            };
        }
    },
    pivot: [
        {
            id: "topcategory",
            field: "topcategory_s",
            disabled: true,
            facet: { domain: { blockChildren: "type_s:substance" } }
        },
        {
            id: "endpointcategory",
            field: "endpointcategory_s",
            color: "blue"
        },
        {
            id: "effectendpoint",
            field: "effectendpoint_s",
            color: "green",
            ranging: true
        },
        {
            id: "unit",
            field: "unit_s",
            disabled: true,
            ranging: true
        }
  	  ],
    facets: [
        {
            id: 'owner_name',
            field: "reference_owner_s",
            title: "Data sources",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'substanceType',
            field: "substanceType_s",
            title: "Nanomaterial type",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'cell',
            field: "E.cell_type_s",
            title: "Cell",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'species',
            field: "Species_s",
            title: "Species",
            color: "blue",
            facet: { mincount: 2 }
        },
        {
            id: 'interpretation',
            field: "MEDIUM_s",
            title: "Medium",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'dprotocol',
            field: "Dispersion protocol_s",
            title: "Dispersion protocol",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'reference_year',
            field: "reference_year_s",
            title: "Experiment year",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'reference',
            field: "reference_s",
            title: "References",
            facet: { mincount: 2 }
        },
        {
            id: 'route',
            field: "E.exposure_route_s",
            title: "Exposure route",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'protocol',
            field: "guidance_s",
            title: "Protocols",
            color: "blue",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        },
        {
            id: 'method',
            field: "E.method_s",
            title: "Method",
            color: "green",
            facet: { mincount: 1 }
        }
    	],
  // many export-related stuff
};

The idea is to have full capability of assembling kits from other kits and/or widgets, just based on this <div> embedding principle and proper configuration. It is still not quite operational, but it will be.

(Re)building

The whole library is organized as a NPM package, although it is published in the public NPM space.. So, for building it, one needs Node.js installed. From then on, it is rather easy:

$ npm update
$ npm install

The first commands makes sure that all dependent libraries are downloaded and up-to-date, and the later runs all the packaging, testing, bundling, etc. of jToxKit. The end result is put in www folder.

Check the raw ToDo List.

License

Copyright © 2016-2018, IDEAConsult Ltd.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.