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The goal of this project is to create a dashboard to monitor how Puppet Labs is doing responding to pull requests and the general state of the open source repositories.

The application is currently being hosted in Heroku and is viewable here.


As mentioned, this application is hosted in Heroku and the data is stored in a Heroku PostgreSQL database. Therefore, you will need your own Heroku login in order to host the application.

This project uses Bundler as it is required for Heroku. To install the needed gems simply do:

$ bundle install

To populate the database with new information, run:

$ heroku run bundle exec rake job:import

Since the application is using the GitHub API, it's important to set your authorization token, otherwise GitHub will greatly limit how much data you can get at a time. The application.rb class is responsible for creating the GitHub client. It will look for your authorization token to be stored as an environment variable called PCD_GITHUB_OAUTH_TOKEN.

For the automated database updating to work, you must also set this variable in Heroku by doing:

$ heroku config:set PCD_GITHUB_OAUTH_TOKEN=12345

If you wish to change the repositories which will be queried you can do so in the Rakefile by changing which repositories are passed into generate_repositories by changing the repo_names variable. The variable is an array of strings where each string is a full repository name (i.e. name/owner). Be sure to update the variable in both the import and import_if_sunday jobs.

If the Heroku application is properly configured using the Heroku Scheduler add-on, a Rake task will run daily to update the database. Due to the desire not to use excess dyno time, the actual database update will only occur if it's a Sunday.

If you want to run the scheulded Rake task right away, you can do:

$ heroku run bundle exec rake job:import_if_sunday


Since this project uses Ruby, it has a few gem dependencies. You must use Bundler if you want to deploy this app to Heroku, so I highly recommend you also use it for your local development environment. The gem dependancies are listed in the Gemfile and all you need to do to get them is do a bundle install:

$ bundle install

This also means that when running things that rely on Ruby gems, you must put a bundle exec in front of the command. For example, if you want to run the tests you must do:

$ bundle exec rspec spec

The project currently has decent test coverage for the database and data collection related operations, but lacks testing for the front end web pieces. If you make changes that break the tests, please update them. Additionally, most of the methods have yardoc method headers, so if you add a new one please add documentation.

For specific details on what you'll need to be familiar with (aside from things like Ruby, Rspec, HTML, etc), see the 'Tools' section.


This project uses a lot of different languages, tools, and libraries. If you're going to develop on this project, it's probably a good idea to be somewhat familiar with the following:


Metrics and Graphs for Puppet Community Pull Requests:




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