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README.md

bSkilled

Open Badges Project for VDAB, Poolstok, CogniZone, ComPas Project, The Learning Hub & Cronos.

This README will be technical documentation. Website (with some explanation): bSkilled.today

Overview

The platform is split into an API server and a frontend.

The frontend is a single page application written in JavaScript with Vue as a framework. To serve it you only need to serve the build files (HTML, CSS, and JS) with some file server, see the frontend section for that.

The API is a simple JavaScript (Node) webserver using the Express.js library. It exposes few endpoints, and only acts as a simple datastore (getting badge classes, posting and getting badges, ...).

Front- and back-end talk to each other over HTTP with the specific endpoints and format documented in api.yaml, which is an Open API specification. You can use an online editor like Swagger to have a nice view of the spec. All communication is in JSON. NOTE: The API spec is currently severly out of date.

Frontend

# Install dependencies
yarn install

# Serve development server with hot reload at localhost:8080
yarn run dev

# Build for production with minification
yarn run build

For production, configure the webpack\webpack.config.prod.js environment variables (LOCATION, API) with the correct URLs (check the dev config for reference).

The frontend is a SPA written with Vue, it makes use of Vuex and Vue Router for state management and user flow. Almost all of the actual logic (signing, baking) is defined in the Vuex actions (src/store/index.js), which are then dispatched throughout the Vue components. The step navigation for the flow is defined in the 'stepFlow' action. Vue-router navigational guards play a large role in making the browsers history function not brake everything (src/router/index.js).

Components are separated into actual reusable components (src/components) and actual pages/views (src/views). The difference is that every View should be used only once, and should have it's own URL, or at least represent a step in the user interaction (eg. sharing the link page, uploading key, signing badge).

API

The API server really is a shim and served little more purpose then allowing rapid development during Open Summer of Code. For a production environment, one should at least to input validation and use a decent database. For now, every JSON posted will just be accepted, and saved in a JSON database with lowdb.

It also serves as proxy to fetch external images trough (defined in the Badge Classes) to avoid CORS issues.

Important: the endpoints will be prefixed with /api.

Note:

# Install dependencies
yarn install

# Serve at localhost:8081/api
yarn run dev

# or
yarn start

Key libraries

Work To Do

  • Better error management (both front and backend)
  • Abstract API calls away from Component code
  • Consistent naming and style
  • Following the Vue style guide
  • General wording and explanations
  • Code documentation (specifically the Vuex actions)
  • This project is already starting to get large enough to migrate to TypeScript or Flow
  • Multiple todo's can also be found in the code itself
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