Junction Two Weeks on Tuesday on Friday Bi-weekly Review : Issue #003

…and another update on Junction.

The review slipped past me this week. A little food poisoning will do that to a person. But I’m kicking again.

A Quick Summary

The RSS/News Feed section of the app has been built and put into action. So if you pull the latest code and run the application, navigate into the news section you’ll get the Basho Blog feed. This definitely needs cleaned up a bit from the UI perspective but the main elements are there.

Next steps are…

One of the things the team is aiming to knock out next is to get some MVVM (Mode View ViewModel) architecture setup to build against versus what we’ve started with, which is just the basic skeleton of things thrown together. It works, but it’ll be nice to have some clean architecture behind the application to work with.

I’m aiming to put together a blog entry on troubleshooting the build server for Junction and also the how-to on setting up the RSS/News Feed Reader section of the app in the coming week also. Subscribe to keep up with the latest in Junction news and also all the other tidbits on the blog. Cheers!

Junction Two Weeks on Tuesday Bi-weekly Review : Issue #002

It’s time for another Tuesday Bi-weekly Review! We’ve been making some progress and so far we’ve tackled a few elements of the project. The first big task was to get more information out there for the community & team working on the project. I’ve spent some time along with the contributors on github and via other means to make more information available to what the intent is and how people can contribute. So if you’re interested in helping with an entire domain space or merely a small element of the application, ping me and I’ll work with you to make it as easy as possible to contribute. With that, let’s jump into what’s what and what’s new. Cheers!

We Have a Build Server, More on This Soon, but for now…

I’ll have a post on how to setup Team City and quick tour of what is setup for the Junction Project. So stay tuned and I’ll have that and other news posted as it happens this coming week along with Team City & other tutorials related to the project itself. For a quick sneak peek feel free to take a look at the build server located at:  http://teamcity.cascadiahacks.org/.  Just login with “guest” and no password.

More Items Listed and Working on First Feature Commits and Comments For…

We also got a conversation started among a few of us “What would teams that use Riak like to see in a Riak Admin Application?” Jump into and add your two cents regardless of whether you’re diving into the project or not.

Until later, happy coding!

Junction Two Weeks on Tuesday Bi-weekly Review : Issue #001

So every two weeks I intend to provide an update for the Junction Project. Who might have joined, what was worked on, where we are and generally any other bits of news related to the project. This is the first “Junction Two Weeks on Tuesday Review” so enjoy!  🙂

  • Two weeks ago today I wrote the entry “Introducing Junction” to kick off the project. Everything is hosted on github via github pages at http://adron.github.io/junction/ and the git repository at https://github.com/Adron/junction. The video in which I described at a high level each of the sections of the application is located here: http://vimeo.com/adronhall/junction.
  • Clive Boulton @cliveb, Jared Wray @jaredwray, Kristen Mozian @kmozian and OJ Reeves @OJ joined the project to help out.
  • Issues, as stories and tasks were added to get started with the project. Here’s a first draft of the things we’re all working on. If you’d like to jump in, feel free to ping me and I’ll add you to the project, you can submit a PR (Pull Request) or talk to me about organizing a hackathon to help move the project forward.

Github Issues – Working Items

The easiest way to view these is to log into the Huboard Kanban Board and give a look see of what is in progress and who’s working on what. Currently I’ve outlined the big items that we’re working on and would love a fellow coder to jump in on. If you’re interested, ping me @adron or just jump into the issues list on Github (or view by milestone – i.e. functional area) and comment on the issue you want to dive into, I’ll add you so you can get started!

For the “Call the Doctor (Administration and Maintenance)” part of the application there are a number of questions to answer. How should we connect to Riak to ensure a secure SSH connection? Should we even use SSH? Is there another way to connect to the Riak Cluster for a secure way to administer the cluster?

In the “Golfing With Your Data (Query, Put, Deletes, Etc. Handling the CRUD)” one could dive into creating a functional query space to pull data out of a Riak Cluster. A lot of UI work needs to be done in this space, so if you’re up for putting together some awesome windows 8 interfaces, I’d love to hear from you!

Review Summary

At this point we’re moving forward. We’re always looking forward to new participants so reach out if you’re up for helping out!  So until the next two weeks are up, see ya at the Junction!

HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Metro App Building on Windows 8 Part 1

I’m a fan of JavaScript and I’m warming to some of the Metro interfaces on Windows 8. I’ve always found the Windows 7 Phone UI, which is the first iteration of the Metro UI, to be a very slick phone interface. So with this blog entry I’m going to lay out setting up a default Windows 8 Metro application using JavaScript as the language of choice.


  • Windows 8
  • Visual Studio 2012

Open Visual Studio 2012 and click on file -> new project -> and then find the JavaScript section and pick the blank metro app.

New Windows 8 Metro Project
New Windows 8 Metro Project

Once you have the application created, I’d suggest following good practice and adding QUnit-Metro to your project with Nuget(or get the actual files if you don’t want to use Nuget).

Getting QUnit-Metro via Nuget
Getting QUnit-Metro via Nuget

Once you’ve added the QUnit-Metro interface you’re ready to get started writing tests. But before writing a test take a look at the additional files that the QUnit-Metro Nuget Package adds to the project.

Things Added With QUnit-Metro
Things Added With QUnit-Metro

In the screenshot (click for a full size image), I’ve pointed in a clockwise order:

  • The package is added and listed in the packages file now for Nuget.
  • There are now three CSS files added for QUnit. Two are Metro specific, which gives a more Metro look to the results of the tests.
  • The qunitmetro.js file is the testing framework.

With this collateral added we can setup a test within the default.html page of the project. First add the following code so that your default.html file looks like this:

[sourcecode language=”html”]
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<!– These files are included when the project is generated, I don’t really know where they are… –>
<link href="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC/css/ui-dark.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC/js/base.js"></script>
<script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC/js/ui.js"></script>
<!– These are the CSS and JavaScript files that I’ve edited for testing. –>
<script src="/js/qunitmetro.js"></script>
<script src="/js/default.js"></script>
<script src="/js/default_tests.js"></script>
<link href="/css/default.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="/css/qunitmetro-light.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<p>Content goes here</p>
<button>Press This!</button>
<!– This is for testing only. It goes away when application is ready to ship. –>
<div id="qunit"></div>

The Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC libraries are included by default, which I’m assuming when I get fully upgraded to the released version of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 that this might just read Microsoft.WinJS.1.0. The section of scripts and links below that are the added QUnit-Metro files. I included the qunitmetro-light.css file for metro style test results.

In the body of the page the div with the id of qunit…

[sourcecode language=”html”]
<div id="qunit"></div>

is added where the test results will display. That’s how simple it actually is. To add actual tests, I’ve added a default_tests.js file to the js directory. I then added a simple test to the file that I’ve shown below.

[sourcecode language=”javascript”]
test("hello windows world of javascript tests!", function () {
ok(1 == "1", "Passed!");

Run the application and you’ll find the following result displayed in your application.

The Running Application
The Running Application

This is one place where an odd thing seems to be occurring (if you have any idea what the problem is, leave a comment, and I’ll do the same when I get the issues resolved). The test just keeps reporting “Running…” until you click on Readingz, noglobals, or somewhere else on the screen in that area to make an action occur. When I click on Readingz the test runs successfully like it should.

Test Ran
Test Ran

What’s up with that? It’s a pretty odd action.

Another issue that I ran into, which was a user error issue on my behalf, was I swapped around the three script files so the qunit-metro file loaded last. I actually stumbled and posted the issue on Stackoverflow here.

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