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Whatwasit

Build Status Hex Version License

Alert: Project under active development!

This is an early release. So expect changes and new features in the near future.

Whatwasit is a package for tracking changes to your project's Ecto models for auditing or versioning. Keep track of each change to your model and who made the change. Deletes can be tracked too.

Installation

Add the dependency to mix.exs:

defp deps do
   ...
   {:whatwasit, "~> 0.2"},
   ...
end

Get the dependency:

mix deps.get

Getting Started

Run the install mix task:

mix whatwasit.install

Add the config instructions to your project's config/config.exs file:

# config/config.exs

config :whatwasit,
  repo: MyProject.Repo

Run the migration:

mix ecto.migrate

Add whatwasit to each model you would like to track:

# web/models/post.ex

defmodule MyProject.Post do
  use MyProject.Web, :model
  use Whatwasit          # add this

  schema "posts" do
    field :title, :string
    field :body, :string
    timestamps
  end

  def changeset(model, params \\ %{}) do
    model
    |> cast(params, ~w(title body))
    |> validate_required(~w(title body)a)
    |> prepare_version    # add this
  end
end

After editing a post, you can view all the versions for all models:

iex(1)> MyProject.Repo.all MyProject.Whatwasit.Version
[%MyProject.Whatwasit.Version{__meta__: #Ecto.Schema.Metadata<:loaded, "versions">,
  action: "update", id: 16, inserted_at: #Ecto.DateTime<2016-07-22 01:49:55>,
  item_id: 9, item_type: "Post",
  object: %{"body" => "42", "id" => 9, "inserted_at" => "2016-07-22T01:49:25",
    "title" => "The Answer", "updated_at" => "2016-07-22T01:49:25"},
  updated_at: #Ecto.DateTime<2016-07-22 01:49:55>,
  whodoneit: #Ecto.Association.NotLoaded<association :whodoneit is not loaded>,
  }]

Alternatively you retrieve a list of versioned models with:

iex(1)> post = MyProject.Repo.get MyProject.Post, 9
%MyProject.Post{__meta__: #Ecto.Schema.Metadata<:loaded, "posts">,
 body: "The answer is 42", id: 9,
 inserted_at: #Ecto.DateTime<2016-07-22 01:49:25>, title: "What's the Question",
 updated_at: #Ecto.DateTime<2016-07-22 01:49:55>}

iex(2)> MyProject.Whatwasit.Version.versions post
[%MyProject.Post{__meta__: #Ecto.Schema.Metadata<:loaded, "posts">, body: "42",
  id: 9, inserted_at: "2016-07-22T01:49:25", title: "The Answer",
  updated_at: "2016-07-22T01:49:25"}]

Tracking Deletes

In order to track deletes you need to pass a changeset to Repo.delete or Repo.delete!.

Note that this is not the default way phoneix.gen.html created the delete action.

defmodule MyProject.PostController do
  # ...
  def delete(conn, %{"id" => id}) do
    changeset = Repo.get!(Post, id)
    |> Post.changeset

    Repo.delete!(changeset)

    conn
    |> put_flash(:info, "Post deleted successfully.")
    |> redirect(to: post_path(conn, :index))
  end
end

Tracking Who Made The Change

A few extra steps are required for tracking who made the change. The following example may be a little different based on the function you use to get the current user. The following example uses Coherence as the authentication package:

Install with the --whodoneit option:

mix whatwasit.install --whodoneit

Add an extra parameter to your model's changeset function and pass that to `prepare_version:

defmodule MyProject.Post do
  use MyProject.Web, :model
  use Whatwasit
  # ...
  def changeset(model, params \\ %{}, opts \\ []) do
    model
    |> cast(params, ~w(title body))
    |> validate_required(~w(title body)a)
    |> prepare_version(opts)
  end
end

Pass the current user to the changeset from your controller:

defmodule MyProject.PostController do
  # ...

  # Add this
  defp whodoneit(conn) do
    user = Coherence.current_user(conn)
    [whodoneit: user , whodoneit_name: user.name]
  end

  def update(conn, %{"id" => id, "post" => post_params}) do
    post = Repo.get!(Post, id)
    changeset = Post.changeset(post, post_params, whodoneit(conn))
    case Repo.update(changeset) do
      {:ok, post} ->
        conn
        |> put_flash(:info, "Post updated successfully.")
        |> redirect(to: post_path(conn, :show, post))
      {:error, changeset} ->
        render(conn, "edit.html", post: post, changeset: changeset)
    end
  end

  def delete(conn, %{"id" => id}) do
    changeset = Repo.get!(Post, id)
    |> Post.changeset(%{}, whodoneit(conn))

    Repo.delete!(changeset)

    conn
    |> put_flash(:info, "Post deleted successfully.")
    |> redirect(to: post_path(conn, :index))
  end

end

When tracking whodoneit, two fields in the Version schema are updated. A belongs_to relationship tracks the relationship with the current user and the whodoneit_name tracks the name of the current user.

The name is tracked to handle the case of deleting a user who has made modifications. When the user is deleted, the reference to the use is nullified in the Version record. But the name is still tracked for later identification of whodoneit.

The default is to use the :name field on the user. This can be changed by setting the :name_field in the configuration, or passing the name_field: :field_name option to use Whatwasit.Schema

Store the whodoneit in the Database

The above example saves a reference to the current user in the database. You may instead want to store user data in the database. This would allow you to save user details at the time like current IP.

Use the --whodoneit-map option to enable this:

mix whatwasit.install --whodoneit-map

This option replaces the whodoneit_id and whodoneit_name fields in the Version schema with :whodoneit :map.

For this option, your models will be the same. However, you will need to make changes in your controller like this:

defmodule MyProject.PostController do
  use MyProject.Web, :controller
  # ...

  def update(conn, %{"id" => id, "post" => post_params}) do
    post = Repo.get!(Post, id)
    changeset = Post.changeset(post, post_params, whodoneit(conn))
    case Repo.update(changeset) do
      {:ok, post} ->
        conn
        |> put_flash(:info, "Post updated successfully.")
        |> redirect(to: post_path(conn, :show, post))
      {:error, changeset} ->
        render(conn, "edit.html", post: post, changeset: changeset)
    end
  end

  def delete(conn, %{"id" => id}) do
    changeset = Repo.get!(Post, id)
    |> Post.changeset(%{}, whodoneit(conn))

    Repo.delete!(changeset)

    conn
    |> put_flash(:info, "Post deleted successfully.")
    |> redirect(to: post_path(conn, :index))
  end

  defp whodoneit(conn) do
    # remove the password fields
    whodoneit = Coherence.current_user(conn)
    |> Admin.Whatwasit.Version.remove_fields(
       ~w(password password_confirmation password_hash)a)
    [whodoneit: whodoneit]
  end
end

Whodoneit Model with Primary Key Type uuid

If your user model has a uuid primary key type of uuid, use the --whodoneit-id-type=uuid install option:

mix whatwasit.install --whodoneit-id-type=uuid

This will create the correct association type in the migration file as well as the Version shema file.

License

whatwasit is Copyright (c) 2016 E-MetroTel

The source is released under the MIT License.

Check LICENSE for more information.