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State Parks App: Let’s add Bulma and Sorting

Last week, we finally got the park listing working and updated the instance at test.wisparks.jws.app.  This week, I figured that we should add Bulma to the project and add sorting.

So, let’s start by adding Bulma and cleaning the code up a little.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 5): Cleaning up the listing and adding Bulma
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

That improves things quite a bit.  Next, let’s add font awesome, a sortBy variable, a sortOrder variable, and the ability to toggle sorting by clicking on a table heading.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 6): Adding font-awesome and sorting
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

So, there are two issues now.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense to sort by the street address and you can’t sort by the property type because it is actually three values (not just a singular string).  So, let’s clean things up a bit.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 7): Cleaning things up a little
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

That is probably enough for one week, so let’s update the test branch of the app on github.  We have previously added Bulma / Beufy to Vue CLI app but haven’t added Font Awesome to one, yet.  I might drill down on the topic in the future but until then, I would recommend the article “How to use Font Awesome 5 on VueJS Project” for further details.  To see exactly what I did, you can check out the commits to the test branch but I ended up needing to tweak the template before Font Awesome was finally willing to behave.

Here is what the final result ended up looking like …

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 8): Changing v-if to v-show and adding spans for FA
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

So, the test instance of the app now looks like this …

I think that the next step is to surface more information through park profile pages (something that I know that I promised at the end of last week’s post).

Have any questions, comments, etc?  Feel free to drop a comment, below.

State Parks App: Let’s try that again?

Last week, I got all the way to the end before the damn Google Sheets API stopped working on me.  This week, I figured that we would create a JSON file out of the spreadsheet, host it somewhere, and then just use that.  I started by creating a CSV file from the Google Sheets document, running it through a CSV to JSON converter, creating a new github repo for it, and then wiring it up for hosting via Render.  That resulted in my new api.wisparks.jws.app “service”.  Now that we have replaced Google Sheets, let’s try to get the app finally working. Continue reading State Parks App: Let’s try that again?

State Parks App: Let’s actually build something

Previously, we built an API for the State Parks App, using Google Sheets and we set up hosting for the thing.  The next step is to actually write the first bit of the thing.  When we created the API, we also wrote a little vue.js proof of concept that loops over the data and outputs it as an HTML table.  If we combine that with the code that we wrote for “How to sort a list of locations by how close they are to you”, we get a table that lists every park in the system by how close they are to where you (the user) are at this moment.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 1): Listing state parks by distance from the user
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

The above example loads like shit and is too much information for such a listing but it is a start.

For our next iteration, let’s remove every column except for “Name”, “Property Type”, “Physical Address”, “County”, and “Distance From You”.  Since “Property Type” is three booleans (State Park, Recreation Area, and State Forest), we will also need to use v-if to get the job done.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 2): Listing state parks by distance from the user
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

The above example is a definite improvement but we can do even better.  Let’s drop the “Distance From You” column completely if we don’t have that data yet, only show two decimal places for that value, and add a basic loading screen.

See the Pen
Wisc Parks (Part 3): Listing state parks by distance from the user
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

This third iteration is still very much a minimal viable product, but it is enough to justify a dev build.  In “Playing with the Vue CLI and Webpack” we transformed one of these pens into a CLI app and in “State Parks App: Hosting and Code Management“, we set up hosting and a git repo for the app.

If you check out the test branch of the WIStateParks repository, you can see the end result of the transformation and you can test it at test.wisparks.jws.app but you will notice that it doesn’t actually work anymore.  The night that I finished writing this code, the google sheets API stopped working for me and creating a new one using a duplicate google sheet didn’t help.

So, where do we go from here?  I think that the next step might be to save the sheet as a JSON document and just use that instead of the google sheets hack.  Have a question, comment, or suggestion?  Feel free to drop a comment, below.

 

[ Cover photo by Mike Benna on Unsplash  ]

State Parks App: Hosting and Code Management

Previously, we have looked at the plan for the State Parks app and how I used a Google Sheets document as the back-end for the thing.  The next step is to set up a new git repo and hosting.  In an earlier day, I might be spinning up a DigitalOcean or Google Cloud VM but these days, there are services like Render and Heroku where you can just spin up a new web service or static site, attach it to a github or gitlab repository, and let the CI/CD scripts handle deployment of code changes. Continue reading State Parks App: Hosting and Code Management

How to fix “remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied” in Git

This is going to be a very quick post.  It is more to remind future me than anything.  Did you change your password on your gitlab (or github) server?  Do you now get “remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied” when you “git push origin”?

If you “git remote show origin”, it will ask for your credentials again.  After that, you can “git push origin” your heart out.

 

[ Cover Photo by Pankaj Patel on Unsplash ]

How to deploy a Vuepress website for free, using Render

Vuepress is a really cool static site generator.  I have been using it for jws.dev for months, now. In the case of jws.dev, I am hosting it on keybase but I recently discovered Render and it is able to do some things that I can’t do as easily with keybase.

Render has a free tier that lets you host a static site for free, with automatic continuous deployments from git, and custom domains with SSL (something that Heroku‘s free tier doesn’t have).

Render also offers the ability to run server-side code (Laravel, Django, Express, etc) if you wish.  They also offer $7/mo managed PostreSQL databases.

So, what can we do with this?

If you take a look at https://github.com/steinbring/kb.jws.app, you will find a pretty standard Vuepress instance.  In the root of the project, there is the file deploy.sh:

#!/usr/bin/env sh
yarn add vuepress
vuepress build

This script installs the vuepress generator and then runs the build command.

You can then specify the build command within the Render dashboard and since vuepress build puts the result into ./.vuepress/dist, you can also specify it as the publish directory within the dashboard.

With that set up, whenever you commit a change to https://github.com/steinbring/kb.jws.app, the deploy script runs, a new copy of the site is generated, and the change goes live.

Want to see it work for yourself?  Feel free to fork the github repo, send me a merge, and watch the site update.