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From Russell Branca <chewbra...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Fauxton Tidings
Date Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:29:02 GMT
I also forgot to add that Garren added in an auth system so you can
properly login to a user protected database. Additionally, we built a new
"route objects" system, which is mostly behind the scenes, but has some
pretty cool properties for building pages and handling in page updates.


-Russell


On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Jason Smith <jhs@nodejitsu.com> wrote:

> Thank you very much for this excellent update!
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Russell Branca <chewbranca@apache.org
> >wrote:
>
> > (Also gisted at https://gist.github.com/chewbranca/5816534)
> >
> > # Fauxton Tidings
> >
> > It's been some time since we've had a Fauxton update. There's been a
> > number of exciting updates with active tasks, replication, UI updates
> > and more. So let's dive in.
> >
> > ## Active Tasks
> >
> > Active tasks is an interesting item. Traditionally in Futon, active
> > tasks have been relegated to the status page, but I'm of the opinion
> > Fauxton should not only provide an interactive interface to your data,
> > but also a visual overview of the current pulse of your CouchDB
> > server. Things like active tasks, stats, and logs should be displayed
> > prominently in some sort of dashboard page. Garren has been working on
> > the logs and stats views in Fauxton, and DCH and Banjiewen have been
> > experimenting with new stats collectors. Long term I would love to
> > have a front dashboard showing you live views into this data.
> >
> > To start with, we're making active tasks a first class citizen of the
> > application. Any time you're in Fauxton, it will poll \_active\_tasks
> > and give you an immediate overview of the number of replications,
> > compactions, and indexing jobs currently running, giving you immediate
> > feedback on what is going on behind the scenes. Sue has been working
> > on an initial active tasks page that lists all the current tasks with
> > progress bars and ability to filter on the different types of tasks.
> >
> > Long term I want to extend the active tasks page to do more advanced
> > visualizations and calculate rate of change to give estimates of time
> > to completion. What else would be useful here? How do you want to see
> > an overview of the background tasks running?
> >
> > ## Replication
> >
> > In addition to active tasks, Sue has been working on a replication
> > interface. Step one is to build the transient replicator interface,
> > basically the same interface that is in Futon now, but with a proper
> > interface for all the different options such as choosing a filter
> > function, and specifying doc ids.
> >
> > Step two is build out a proper interface around the _replicator
> > database, allowing you to create new persistent replications,
> > introspect existing replications, look at historic replications, and
> > also to visually expose the powerful advanced options of the new
> > replicator allowing higher throughput replications.
> >
> > What kinds of interfaces sounds useful for interacting with the
> > replicator database? What would you find useful for creating and
> > managing replications through Fauxton?
> >
> > One question I have, are transient replications through _replicate
> > deprecated in favor of interacting with the _replicator database? at
> > least as the default? Given that you can do one time replications
> > through the _replicator database, should we default to creating a doc
> > in _replicator rather than just POSTing to _replicate? We could always
> > have an option for both, but given that it will store stats and allow
> > you to see past history, it seems useful to use the _replicator db as
> > the default option. Thoughts?
> >
> > ## UI Updates
> >
> > I'm excited to report that there are some great new designs for the
> > Fauxton UI.
> >
> > ### _all_dbs page
> >
> > ![](
> >
> >
> https://photos-2.dropbox.com/t/0/AACKz5BTiduULDSt2lUn4mFqE2fpsLPNKlJdjswDEQ7-pQ/12/211268/png/1024x768/3/1371668400/0/2/Fauxton_all_dbs.png/N_FfvrQzUmdvIZ4uC-r3S9w1qMSj5Xd7pDVFxxg46-0
> > )
> >
> > Notice in the left hand bar the "active tasks" this will live update
> > with the current number of tasks, and then allow you to go see a
> > detailed view.
> >
> > ### Documents and indexes overview
> >
> > ![](
> >
> >
> https://photos-4.dropbox.com/t/0/AAA7M3eASsA-aXwLB75fhzQOjsq0m6wphon_SsF5X-vaug/12/211268/png/1024x768/3/1371668400/0/2/Fauxton_all_docs.png/QgzRib3LcBbSpthmE9Fm3PgN4eBut-ZRdqBZ6wSHIS8
> > )
> >
> > I'm a big fan of how this page turned out. The idea with the list of
> > items is that the darker grey area with \_id and \_rev are the primary
> > display of elements, and then you can toggle "collapse" above to show
> > the inner content, basically it's a display for ?include\_docs=true.
> > You can also keep it collapsed by default and click on the row to load
> > that doc and display it inline individually.
> >
> > Initially the display is more of a document oriented approach in that
> > it displays the json structure of the rows. The next step is to add a
> > tabular view of the data, which is particularly useful for displaying
> > views with complex array keys and scalar values.
> >
> > ### View editor
> >
> > ![](
> >
> >
> https://photos-3.dropbox.com/t/0/AADJ1NUgyYTlo-h0aDkXdrmZ7e5xhAJ3Dk9IQOKDFqT_-A/12/211268/png/1024x768/3/1371668400/0/2/Fauxton_index_view_adv_options.png/tgHqUAghVhA76zZTcLGyFocYq1npgplMeUuoxM-ysWQ
> > )
> >
> > This is a fun page. The left hand editors for the map and reduce
> > queries both use the CodeMirror editor which does nice syntax
> > highlighting and proper indentation, and then we run every change made
> > through JSHint and do live error notifications, and provide inline
> > alerts right at the line in question.
> >
> > Also note the preview button. We borrowed the in browser map reduce
> > implementation from PouchDB and provide preview functionality by
> > running a subset of your documents through the map reduce functions
> > directly in the browser, allowing us to skip temporary views. Long
> > term it would be great to rebuild the temporary view system to only
> > operate on a subset of the data, but until then, I think this is a
> > better approach for allowing you to write and edit views on live data.
> >
> > Also having the advanced query options is something I've wanted in
> > Futon for quite some time. There's some room for making group_level
> > and the reduce toggle more accessible, but I think initially having
> > all the options available is a big win.
> >
> > ### Document editor
> >
> > ![](
> >
> >
> https://photos-3.dropbox.com/t/0/AACIB6p1BRyKljlytTqzi0mIRDjCHQlCYMs0eXQ7xj8FqQ/12/211268/png/1024x768/3/1371668400/0/2/Fauxton_code_editor.png/lfF6vhEXlEivV9QELkNr8EP9bkYAXmQPKLhrWCsHi4Q
> > )
> >
> > This is a slightly reworked version of the current code editor we have
> > now. Same as above with the view editors, this uses CodeMirror and has
> > all the nice live linting and what not.
> >
> > Not shown here is the work Garren has been doing on attachment
> > uploads, which are currently functional in master.
> >
> > There has been some discussion about removing the stand alone page for
> > the document editor and replacing it with a modal popup, so you can
> > click the edit button directly from the documents and views list and
> > have it show up immediately without losing your place. Thoughts?
> >
> > ## Wrapping up
> >
> > Well my battery is about to die and this turned into quite the update.
> > Overall there are a number of exciting new things in Fauxton, and I'm
> > really stoked with how the UI design turned out, props go out to Sean
> > from Cloudant on that, my CSS is limited to adding Bootstrap elements.
> >
> > There's a lot of good activity going on in Fauxton, and it's quite
> > straightforward to get up and running now. We've also got a number of
> > open JIRA cases for anyone looking for something to work on. Cheers!
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Nodejitsu
>

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