Ost.io ("open-source talks") is a forum for open-source projects and the best place for discussing project stuff with other users. It is tightly integrated with GitHub. The main ostio mission is to replace mailing lists.
Ost.io apps are TodoMVC-like set of example applications, which hopes to offer more complex apps.
We think example app should be:
- Real-world. Ost.io support forum will be self-hosted. Ost.io is already used by popular open-source projects.
- Complex. TodoMVC is simple, but does not show advanced framework features.
- Useful besides its main purpose.
There are currently two main examples of ostio apps:
- React + Exim implementation from 2016. Very useful if you'd love to know how to make real-world apps with React.
- Backbone + Chaplin app. This is the first and initial app, made in 2012.
Features we initially feel it should capture:
- Multi-level hierarchies, modals
- Captures CRUD
- Authentication, session management
- Register, login, logout
- Demonstrates github login
- Uses a dedicated backend for data
- State management / routing
- Precompiled templates
- Mobile support
For initial launch, we need at least three apps.
Any transpiled languages (coffee, typescript, elm) are very welcome.
For list of current implementations, see apps/ directory.
Feel free to submit any proposals.
Develop your application in your own repository and
send us a pull request that will add
For example, if you’re making angular app built with Grunt,
UX: Must look exactly the same. Try to reuse existing styles. Box-sizing: border-box must be used for simplicity of calculations.
Compatibility: IE9+, modern Firefox, Chrome, Safari (including mobile)
Structure: Files in
appdir, libs in
vendordir unless other is specified by your framework.
Routing: Required, with pushState. Routes:
/— home page. Contains description text.
/auth-callback— endpoint for OAuth redirection.
/feed— feed, contains last users and posts.
/settings— user settings.
/@:login— user page. Contains user info, repos and organisations.
/@:login/:repo— repository page. Contains current repo topics with their stats.
/@:login/:repo/topics/:topic— topic page. Contains topic posts.
API & Auth
App plays with OAuth REST API at http://api.ost.io (source: https://github.com/paulmillr/ostio-api). App must have a simple way [in code] to switch between API endpoints. Auth token must be stored in local storage. No cookies.
// we should likely also provide backend specification for people who want to show how it can be alternatively done with their stack
Located on top of application. Contains link to home, feed.
If logged-in, also contains links to current user with his name, settings and logout.
When clicked on logout, the app should destroy the session. If user was on settings page, he must be redirected to
/. On any other page user must not be redirected.
Otherwise, contains login button. Must have its own persistent view.
Located under the header, on user, repository or topic pages. Example for topic page:
[:user avatar] :user / :repo / #:number. Must have its own persistent view.
When creating new post or topic, button that was pressed by user must change its state and its contents must turn into spinner.
Contains description of an application, description of taste.js project, links to frontend and backend implementations and api docs. Also, top repos and screenshot of users page.
A page to which oauth authentication redirects. Receives credentials (access token & current user).
Destroys current session, clears local storage. Must be done without page reloading.
24 latest users. Just their avatars with links to them.
20 latest posts. Each post has:
user avatar with link to user
username also with link to user
a repo and topic where it was posted
edit and delete buttons if it’s written by current user or in a current user repository or in repository of organization that current user is in.
A simple page with switches, radio buttons etc. Clicking on switch immediately submits API request.
Repositories list (also, GitHub icon with link to GitHub profile)
Organizations list (just avatars with links)
If it’s current user or organization that current user is in, also has "Sync GitHub repos" button which updates repositories list.
Topics list. Each topic has:
Number (#35 etc) with link to topic
Topic name with link to topic
Also has GitHub icon with link to repository on GitHub.
Topic name, then posts (see feed) and new post form. Posts must be without post location, unlike in feed.
Example app: http://ost.io/
Frontend source code: https://github.com/paulmillr/ostio
Backend source code: https://github.com/paulmillr/ostio-api
Building an app with Ember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga99hMi7wfY
Support for complex nested hierarchies: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12863663/angularjs-complex-nesting-of-partials-and-templates
Runnable Ember app spec: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heK78M6Ql9Q
Jasmine tactics screencast: http://searls.testdouble.com/posts/2013-03-21-jasmine-tactics-screencast.html