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Stanford AI Group (SAIG) Website

This repo hosts the gatsby.js-based sourcecode for the Stanford AI Group website (SAIG). Currently, the site is hosted on Netlify. It's set up so that any changes to master cause the website to rebuild. ✌️

Tech Stack

  • The website is built on gatsby.js, a front-end static site creator (meaning we don’t have a dedicated server setup behind it). This means that we can build our site using React, while still serving a fast-loading site that’s pre-built. Check out the gatsby documentation for information on how it works.
  • Our javascript code is written in Typescript, Microsoft’s type-enabled superset of Javascript.
  • Our stylesheets are written in Sass.
  • Dynamic pages (like the calendar) are based on React components (e.g., ../components/Calendar.tsx). Static pages (like the about page, constitution) are Markdown files rendered by gatsby (e.g., ../consitution/index.md) in a PermalinkPage template.
  • We host our site’s code publicly on GitHub, and host the live build on Netlify (see below).

We're using various Gatsby Plugins:

gatsby-plugin-react-next          # Early access to React v.16.
gatsby-plugin-catch-links         # Intercepts links in markdown pages for pushState browser loading.
gatsby-plugin-react-helmet        # Used to manage <header> contents
gatsby-plugin-sass                # Self-explanatory.
gatsby-plugin-typescript          # Self-explanatory.
gatsby-source-filesystem          # Lets us access pages through GraphQL
gatsby-transformer-remark         # Our markdown processor (and associated sub-plugins)
gatsby-plugin-google-fonts        # Used for Roboto font.
gatsby-plugin-purify-css          # Minifies and removed unused CSS code.
gatsby-plugin-sitemap             # Self-explanatory
gatsby-plugin-nprogress           # Adds a progress bar to the top of page when server is slow.

While appearing like there's a lot going on, this website is pretty barebones in terms of functionality. What the user gets from the server when going to stanfordai.group is a static website which is a copy of what's rendered from our React.js components. What's special is that gatsby then hydrates the static react components and allow us to add dynamic functionality. What this means is we get faster load times, better SEO, and a system that doesn't require us to use a server/backend.

Making Changes

Be sure to have yarn installed.

# 1. Clone git repo
git clone https://github.com/stanfordaigroup/stanfordai.group.git

# 2. Setup packages
yarn

# 3. To run development server (and see lives in-browser changes)
yarn develop

# 4. To build the website (and run on your own server; will be in ./build/ folder)
yarn build

# 5. Once settled, commit your changes to this repo and Netlify will automatically rebuild the site and make it live.

Folder Structure

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β”œβ”€β”€ src                       # Main source -> .ts/tsx files
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ components            # React components (reused in diff. pages)
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ layouts               # Basic layout components (gatsby-specific)
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ images            # Images used in the site's layout (non-content)
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ pages                 # Pages on the site (e.g., archives, 404, about, etc.)
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ styles                # Global css styles (in Sass, .scss)
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ templates             # Alternative page layouts (like for non-home pages)
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ calendar.json         # Stores the latest data scraped from our shared Google Calendar
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ people.ts             # Stores current board members for use on the home page
β”œβ”€β”€ static                    # Static page files (content files like .pdf, .png, etc.)
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 17-10-12
β”‚   └── ...  
β”œβ”€β”€ .nvmrc                    # Tells Netlify which version of node to use
β”œβ”€β”€ gatsby-config.js          # Stores which gatsby.js plugins we use
β”œβ”€β”€ gatsby-node.js            # Configures how we create pages from markdown (.md) files
β”œβ”€β”€ package.json              # Node.js package file
β”œβ”€β”€ tsconfig.json             # Configs used by Typescript compiler
β”œβ”€β”€ yarn.lock
└── README.md

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