Creating Dynamic Forms Using Custom-Form API in Open Event Front-end

In Open Event Front-end allows the the event creators to customise the sessions & speakers forms which are implemented on the Orga server using custom-form API. While event creation the organiser can select the forms fields which will be placed in the speaker & session forms.

In this blog we will see how we created custom forms for sessions & speakers using the custom-form API. Lets see how we did it.

Retrieving all the form fields

Each event has custom form fields which can be enabled on the sessions-speakers page, where the organiser can include/exclude the fields for speakers & session forms which are used by the organiser and speakers.

return this.modelFor('events.view').query('customForms', {});

We pass return the result of the query to the new session route where we will create a form using the forms included in the event.

Creating form using custom form API

The model returns an array of all the fields related to the event, however we need to group them according to the type of the field i.e session & speaker. We use lodash groupBy.

allFields: computed('fields', function() {
  return groupBy(this.get('fields').toArray(), field => field.get('form'));
})

For session form we run a loop allFields.session which is an array of all the fields related to session form. We check if the field is included and render the field.

{{#each allFields.session as |field|}}
  {{#if field.isIncluded}}
    <div class="field">
      <label class="{{if field.isRequired 'required'}}" for="name">{{field.name}}</label>
      {{#if (or (eq field.type 'text') (eq field.type 'email'))}}
        {{#if field.isLongText}}
          {{widgets/forms/rich-text-editor textareaId=(if field.isRequired (concat 'session_' field.fieldIdentifier '_required'))}}
        {{else}}
          {{input type=field.type id=(if field.isRequired (concat 'session_' field.fieldIdentifier '_required'))}}
        {{/if}}
      {{/if}}
    </div>
  {{/if}}
{{/each}}

We also use a unique id for all the fields for form validation. If the field is required we create a unique id as `session_fieldName_required` for which we add a validation in the session-speaker-form component. We also use different components for different types of fields eg. for a long text field we make use of the rich-text-editor component.

Thank you for reading the blog, you can check the source code for the example here.

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Keeping Order of tickets in Event Wizard in Sync with API on Open Event Frontend

This blog article will illustrate how the various tickets are stored and displayed in order the event organiser decides  on  Open Event Frontend and also, how they are kept in sync with the backend.

First we will take a look at how the user is able to control the order of the tickets using the ticket widget.

{{#each tickets as |ticket index|}}
  {{widgets/forms/ticket-input ticket=ticket
  timezone=data.event.timezone
  canMoveUp=(not-eq index 0)
  canMoveDown=(not-eq ticket.position (dec
  data.event.tickets.length))
  moveTicketUp=(action 'moveTicket' ticket 'up')
  moveTicketDown=(action 'moveTicket' ticket 'down')
  removeTicket=(confirm 'Are you sure you  wish to delete this 
  ticket ?' (action 'removeTicket' ticket))}}
{{/each}}

The canMoveUp and canMoveDown are dynamic properties and are dependent upon the current positions of the tickets in the tickets array.  These properties define whether the up or down arraow or both should be visible alongside the ticket to trigger the moveTicket action.

There is an attribute called position in the ticket model which is responsible for storing the position of the ticket on the backend. Hence it is necessary that the list of the ticket available should always be ordered by position. However, it should be kept in mind, that even if the position attribute of the tickers is changed, it will not actually change the indices of the ticket records in the array fetched from the API. And since we want the ticker order in sync with the backend, i.e. user shouldn’t have to refresh to see the changes in ticket order, we are going to return the tickets via a computed function which sorts them in the required order.

tickets: computed('data.event.tickets.@each.isDeleted', 'data.event.tickets.@each.position', function() {
   return this.get('data.event.tickets').sortBy('position').filterBy('isDeleted', false);
 })

The sortBy method ensures that the tickets are always ordered and this computed property thus watches the position of each of the tickets to look out for any changes. Now we can finally define the moveTicket action to enable modification of position for tickets.

moveTicket(ticket, direction) {
     const index = ticket.get('position');
     const otherTicket = this.get('data.event.tickets').find(otherTicket => otherTicket.get('position') === (direction === 'up' ? (index - 1) : (index + 1)));
     otherTicket.set('position', index);
     ticket.set('position', direction === 'up' ? (index - 1) : (index + 1));
   }

The moveTicket action takes two arguments, ticket and direction. It temporarily stores the position of the current ticket and the position of the ticket which needs to be swapped with the current ticket.Based on the direction the positions are swapped. Since the position of each of the tickets is being watched by the tickets computed array, the change in order becomes apparent immediately.

Now when the User will trigger the save request, the positions of each of the tickets will be updated via a PATCH or POST (if the ticket is new) request.

Also, the positions of all the tickets maybe affected while adding a new ticket or deleting an existing one. In case of a new ticket, the position of the new ticket should be initialised while creating it and it should be below all the other tickets.

addTicket(type, position) {
     const salesStartDateTime = moment();
     const salesEndDateTime = this.get('data.event.startsAt');
     this.get('data.event.tickets').pushObject(this.store.createRecord('ticket', {
       type,
       position,
       salesStartsAt : salesStartDateTime,
       salesEndsAt   : salesEndDateTime
     }));
   }

Deleting a ticket requires updating positions of all the tickets below the deleted ticket. All of the positions need to be shifted one place up.

removeTicket(deleteTicket) {
     const index = deleteTicket.get('position');
     this.get('data.event.tickets').forEach(ticket => {
       if (ticket.get('position') > index) {
         ticket.set('position', ticket.get('position') - 1);
       }
     });
     deleteTicket.deleteRecord();
   }

The tickets whose position is to be updated are filtered by comparison of their position from the position of the deleted ticket.

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Implementing Roles API on Open Event Frontend to Create Roles Using an External Modal

This blog article will illustrate how the roles are created via the external model  on the admin permissions page in Open Event Frontend, using the roles API. Our discussion primarily will involve the admin/permissions/index route to illustrate the process.The primary end point of Open Event API with which we are concerned with for fetching the permissions  for a user is

POST /v1/roles

First we need to create a model for the user-permissions, which will have the fields corresponding to the api, so we proceed with the ember CLI command:

ember g model role

Next we define the model according to the requirements. The model needs to extend the base model class, and has only two fields one for the title and one for the actual name of the role.

import attr from 'ember-data/attr';
import ModelBase from 'open-event-frontend/models/base';

export default ModelBase.extend({
 name           : attr('string'),
 titleName      : attr('string')
 });

Next we need to modify the existing modal to incorporate the API and creation of roles in it. It is very important to note here that using createRecord as the model will result in a major flaw. If createRecord is used and the user tries to create multiple roles, other than the first POST request all the subsequent requests will be PATCH requests and will keep on modifying the same role. To avoid this, a new record needs to be created every time the user clicks on Add Role.  We slightly modify the modal component call to pass in the name and titleName to it.

{{modals/add-system-role-modal  isOpen=isAddSystemRoleModalOpen
                                isLoading=isLoading
                                name=name
                                titleName=titleName
                                addSystemRole=(action 'addSystemRole')}}

Upon entering the details of the roles and successful validation of the form, if the user clicks the Add Role button of the modal, the action addSystemRole will be triggered. We will write the entire logic for the same in the respective controller of the route.

addSystemRole() {
     this.set('isLoading', true);
     this.get('store').createRecord('role', {
       name      : this.get('name'),
       titleName : this.get('titleName')
     }).save()
       .then(() => {
         this.set('isLoading', false);
         this.notify.success(this.l10n.t('User permissions have 
         been saved successfully.'));
         this.set('isAddSystemRoleModalOpen', false);
         this.setProperties({
           name          : null,
           roleTitleName : null
         });
       })
       .catch(()=> {
         this.set('isLoading', false);
         this.notify.error(this.l10n.t('An unexpected error has occurred.
         User permissions not saved.'));
       });
   },

At first the isLoading property is made true.This adds the semantic UI class loading to the the form,  and so the form goes in the loading state, Next, a record is created of the type role  and it’s properties are made equal to the corresponding values entered by the user.

Then save() is called, which subsequently makes a POST request to the server. If the request is successful the modal is closed by setting the isAddSystemRoleModalOpen property to false. Also, the fields of the modal are cleared for a  better user experience in case multiple roles need to be added one after the other.

In cases when  there is an error during the processing of the request the catch() block executes. And the modal is not closed. Neither are the fields cleared.

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Including a Graph Component in the Remote Access Framework for PSLab

The remote-lab software of the pocket science lab enables users to access their devices remotely via the Internet. It includes an API server designed with Python Flask, and a web-app designed with EmberJS that allows users to access the API and carry out various tasks such as writing and executing Python scripts. In a series of blog posts, various aspects of this framework such as  remote execution of function strings, automatic deployment on various domains, creating and submitting python scripts which will be run on the remote server etc have already been explored.  This blog post deals with the inclusion of a graph component in the webapp that will be invoked when the user utilises the `plot` command in their scripts.

The JQPLOT library is being used for this purpose, and has been found to be quite lightweight and has a vast set of example code .

Task list for enabling the plotting feature
  • Add a plot method to the codeEvaluator module in the API server and allow access to it by adding it to the evalGlobals dictionary
  • Create an EmberJS component for handling plots
    • Create a named div in the template
    • Invoke the Jqplot initializer from the JS file and pass necessary arguments and data to the jqplot instance
  • Add a conditional statement to include the jqplot component whenever a plot subsection is present in the JSON object returned by the API server after executing a script
Adding a plot method to the API server

Thus far, in addition to the functions supported by the sciencelab.py instance of PSLab, users had access to print, print_, and button functions. We shall now add a plot function.

def plot(self,x,y,**kwargs):
self.generatedApp.append({"type":"plot","name":kwargs.get('name','myPlot'),"data":[np.array([x,y]).T.tolist()]})

 

The X,Y datasets provided by the user are stacked in pairs because jqplot requires [x,y] pairs . not separate datasets.

We also need to add this to evalGlobals, so we shall modify the __init__ routine slightly:

self.evalGlobals['plot']=self.plot
Building an Ember component for handling plots

First, well need to install jqplot:   bower install –save jqplot

And this must be followed by including the following files using app.import statements in ember-cli-build.js

  • bower_components/jqplot/jquery.jqplot.min.js
  • bower_components/jqplot/plugins/jqplot.cursor.js
  • bower_components/jqplot/plugins/jqplot.highlighter.js
  • bower_components/jqplot/plugins/jqplot.pointLabels.js
  • bower_components/jqplot/jquery.jqplot.min.css

In addition to the jqplot js and css files, we have also included a couple of plugins we shall use later.

Now we need to set up a new component : ember g component jqplot-graph

Our component will accept an object as an input argument. This object will contain the various configuration options for the plot

Add the following line in templates/components/jqplot-graph.hbs:

style="solid gray 1px;" id="{{data.name}}">

The JS file for this template must invoke the jqplot function in order to insert a complete plot into the previously defined <div> after it has been created. Therefore, the initialization routine must override the didInsertElement routine of the component.

components/jqplot-graph.js

import Ember from 'ember';

export default Ember.Component.extend({
  didInsertElement () {
    Ember.$.jqplot(this.data.name,this.data.data,{
        title: this.title,

        axes: {
          xaxis: {
            tickInterval: 1,
            rendererOptions: {
            minorTicks: 4
            }
          },
        },
        highlighter: {
          show: true, 
          showLabel: true, 

          tooltipAxes: 'xy',
          sizeAdjust: 9.5 , tooltipLocation : 'ne'
        },				  
        legend: {
          show: true,
          location: 'e',
          rendererOptions: {
            numberColumns: 1,
          }
        },
        cursor:{ 
          show: true,
          zoom:true, 
          showTooltip:false
          } 

    });
  }
});

Our component is now ready to be used , and we must make the necessary changes to user-home.hbs in order to include the plot component if the output JSON of a script executed on the server contains it.

The following excerpt from the results modal shows how the plot component can be inserted

{{#each codeResults as |element|}}
	{{#if (eq element.type 'text')}}
		{{element.value}}<br>
	{{/if}}
	{{#if (eq element.type 'plot')}}
		{{jqplot-graph data=element}}
	{{/if}}
{{/each}}            

Most of the other components such as buttons and spans have been removed for clarity. Note that the element object is passed to the jqplot-graph component as an argument so that the component may configure itself accordingly.

In conclusion, the following screencast shows what we have created. A simple plot command creates a fancy plot in the output which includes data point highlighting, and can be easily configured to do a lot more. In the next blog post we shall explore how to use this plot to create a persistent application such as an oscilloscope.

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Customising URL Using Custom Adapters in Open Event Front-end

Open-Event Front-end uses Ember data for handling Open Event Orga API which abides by JSON API specs. The API has relationships which represent models in the database, however there are some API endpoints for which the URL is not direct. We make use of custom adapter to build a custom URL for the requests.
In this blog we will see how to Implement relationships which do not have a model in the API server. Lets see how we implemented the admin-statistics-event API using custom adapter?

Creating Order-statistics model
To create a new model we use ember-cli command:

ember g model admin-statistics-event

The generated model:

export default ModelBase.extend({
  draft     : attr('number'),
  published : attr('number'),
  past      : attr('number')
})

The API returns 3 attributes namely draft, published & past which represent the total number of drafted, live and past event in the system. The admin-statistics-event is an admin related model.
Creating custom adapter
To create a new adapter we use ember-cli command:

ember g adapter event-statistics-event

If we try to do a GET request the URL for the request will be ‘v1/admin-statistics-event’ which is an incorrect endpoint. We create a custom adapter to override the buildURL method.

buildURL(modelName, id, snapshot, requestType, query) {
  let url = this._super(modelName, id, snapshot, requestType, query);
  url = url.replace('admin-statistics-event', 'admin/statistics/event');
  return url;
}

We create a new variable url which holds the url generated by the buildURL method of the super adapter. We call the super method using ‘this._super’. We will now replace the ‘admin-statistics-event’ with ‘admin/statistics/event’ in url variable. We return the new url variable. This results in generation of correct URL for the request.
Thank you for reading the blog, you can check the source code for the example here.
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Implementing Admin Statistics Mail and Session API on Open Event Frontend

This blog article will illustrate how the admin-statistics-mail and admin-statistics-session API  are implemented on the admin dashboard page in Open Event Frontend.Our discussion primarily will involve the admin/index route to illustrate the process.The primary end points of Open Event API with which we are concerned with for fetching the admin statistics  for the dashboard are

GET /v1/admin/statistics/mails
GET /v1/admin/statistics/sessions

First we need to create the corresponding models according to the type of the response returned by the server , which in this case will be admin-statistics-event and admin-statistics-sessions, so we proceed with the ember CLI commands:

ember g model admin-statistics-mail
ember g model admin-statistics-session

Next we define the model according to the requirements. The model needs to extend the base model class, and all the fields will be number since the all the data obtained via these models from the API will be numerical statistics

import attr from 'ember-data/attr';
import ModelBase from 'open-event-frontend/models/base';

export default ModelBase.extend({
 oneDay     : attr('number'),
 threeDays  : attr('number'),
 sevenDays  : attr('number'),
 thirtyDays : attr('number')
});

And the model for sessions will be the following. It too will consist all the attributes of type number since it represents statistics

import attr from 'ember-data/attr';
import ModelBase from 'open-event-frontend/models/base';

export default ModelBase.extend({
 confirmed : attr('number'),
 accepted  : attr('number'),
 submitted : attr('number'),
 draft     : attr('number'),
 rejected  : attr('number'),
 pending   : attr('number')
});

Now we need to load the data from the api using the models, so will send a get request to the api to fetch the current permissions. This can be easily achieved via a store query in the model hook of the admin/index route.However this cannot be a normal get request. Because the the urls for the end point are /v1/admin/statistics/mails & /v1/admin/statistics/sessions but there are no relationships between statistics and various sub routes, which is what ember’s default behaviour would expect.

Hence we need to override the generated default request url using custom adapters and use buildUrl method to customize the request urls.

import ApplicationAdapter from './application';

export default ApplicationAdapter.extend({
 buildURL(modelName, id, snapshot, requestType, query) {
   let url = this._super(modelName, id, snapshot, requestType, query);
   url = url.replace('admin-statistics-session', 'admin/statistics/session');
   return url;
 }
});

The buildURL method replaces the the default  URL for admin-statistics-session  with admin/statistics/session otherwise the the default request would have been

GET v1/admin-statistics-session

Similarly it must be done for the mail statistics too. These will ensure that the correct request is sent to the server. Now all that remains is making the requests in the model hooks and adjusting the template slightly for the new model.

model() {
   return RSVP.hash({
         mails: this.get('store').queryRecord('admin-statistics-mail', {
       filter: {
         name : 'id',
         op   : 'eq',
         val  : 1
       }
     }),
     sessions: this.get('store').queryRecord('admin-statistics-session', {
       filter: {
         name : 'id',
         op   : 'eq',
         val  : 1
       }
     })
   });
 }


queryRecord is used instead of query because only a single record is expected to be returned by the API.

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Open event, Open event frontend, ember JS, ember service, semantic UI, ember-data, ember adapters,  tickets, Open Event API, Ember models

Implementing Notifications API in Open Event Frontend

In Open Event Frontend, at the index page of the application, we have a notification dropdown in which a user gets the notifications regarding the events, sessions, etc. Thus, a user gets notified for the particular event or session he wants to receive notifications about. While dealing with an issue, we had to integrate the API with the frontend. We achieved it as follows:

First, we create a model of notifications so that we have basic structure ready. It goes as follows:

export default ModelBase.extend({
  title      : attr('string'),
  message    : attr('string'),
  isRead     : attr('boolean', { defaultValue: false }),
  receivedAt : attr('moment'),

  user: belongsTo('user')
});

Thus, we have fields like title, message, isRead, receivedAt which we will get from the server response as JSON which we will need to show on the page. To show the notifications to the user, first we need to query the notifications for a specific user using ember data. Since we are querying the notifications for a specific user when he is logged in, we are also having relationship between user and notification as shown in the above notification model. In user model we do:

notifications: hasMany('notification')

Now, we query the notifications in our application route i.e routes/application.js

model() {
    if (this.get('session.isAuthenticated')) {
      return new RSVP.Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        this.store.findRecord('user', this.get('authManager.currentUser.id'), { reload: true })
          .then(user => {
            user.get('notifications').then(resolve).catch(reject);
          })
          .catch(reject);
      });
    }
  }

The reason why we used a RSVP promise here was because the authManager couldn’t load the user befor the notifications were queried and returned. Thus, we query the notifications by using currentUser from authManager. Thus, in our template, we iterate over our notifications as follows:

    {{#each notifications as  notification }}
      <div class="item">
        <div class="header">
          {{notification.title}}
        </div>
        <div class="content weight-600">
          {{notification.description}}
        </div>
        <div class="left floated content">
          {{moment-from-now notification.createdAt}}
        </div>
      </div>
    {{/each}}

The notifications are thus shown to the user when he clicks the icon in the nav-bar. As a result, we get the following notifications in the dropdown:

Resources:

Ember data official guide

Blog on Ember data by Embedly.

Implementing Email Notifications in Open Event Frontend

In Open Event Frontend, we have a ‘settings/email-preferences’ route where we give the user an access to change the email-notifications that he wants to subscribe for a specific event. For now, we are having three notifications for an event which the user can toggle to on and off. To achieve this, we did the following things:

First, we create a model for email-notifications so as to have a skeleton of the data that we are going to receive from the JSON API.

export default ModelBase.extend({

  /**
   * Attributes
   */

  nextEvent           : attr('boolean'),
  newPaper            : attr('boolean'),
  sessionAcceptReject : attr('boolean'),
  sessionSchedule     : attr('boolean'),
  afterTicketPurchase : attr('boolean'),

  /**
   * Relationships
   */
  user  : belongsTo('user'),
  event : belongsTo('event')
});

Thus, above code shows the attributes which we are going to receive via our JSON API and we will render the data accordingly on the page. We have established the relationship of the email-notifications with user and event so that in future wherever needed, we can query the records from either side. The client side has checkboxes to show the data to the user. Following is the format of the checkboxes:

<div class="row">
        <div class="column eight wide">
          {{t 'New Paper is Submitted to your Event'}}
        </div>
        <div class="ui column eight wide right aligned">
          {{ui-checkbox class='toggle' checked=preference.newPaper onChange=(pipe-action (action (mut preference.newPaper)) (action 'savePreference' preference))}}
        </div>
      </div>
      <div class="row">
        <div class="column eight wide">
          {{t 'Change in Schedule of Sessions in your Event'}}
        </div>
        <div class="ui column eight wide right aligned">
          {{ui-checkbox class='toggle' checked=preference.sessionSchedule onChange=(pipe-action (action (mut preference.sessionSchedule)) (action 'savePreference' preference))}}
        </div>
      </div>

The states of the checkboxes are determined by the data that we receive from the API. For example, if for a record, the API returns:

nextEvent           : true,
newPaper            : false,
sessionAcceptReject : true,
sessionSchedule     : false,
afterTicketPurchase : false,

Then, the respective states will be shown by the checkbox and the user can toggle the states to change the email-preferences as they want.

Thus to get the data sent by the server to the client, we return it as a model and query it as:

model() {
    return this.get('authManager.currentUser').query('emailNotifications', { include: 'event' });
}

As we can see, as mentioned earlier, we kept the relationships so that we can query the email-notifications specific to the particular user or specific to particular event. Here, we are showing a user’s email-notifications and hence we queried it with the user relationship.
The authManager loads the currentUser and queries the email-notifications for a particular use. We also want the event details to show the email-preferences, hence we include the event model to be fetched in the query also.

We also let the user change the preferences of the email-notifications so that he can customise the notifications and keep the ones he wants to receive. We implement the updating of email-preferences API as follows:

Whenever a user toggles the checkbox, we are having an action as called ‘savePreference’, which handles the updation of the preferences.

 

{{ui-checkbox class='toggle' checked=preference.newPaper onChange=(pipe-action (action (mut preference.newPaper)) (action 'savePreference' preference))}}

savePreference(emailPreference) {
      emailPreference.save()
        .then(() => {
          this.get('notify').success(this.l10n.t('Email notifications updated successfully'));
        })
        .catch(() => {
          emailPreference.rollbackAttributes();
          this.get('notify').error(this.l10n.t('An unexpected error occurred.'));
        });
    }

We are passing the parameter(the whole preference object to the action), and then just performing a ‘save’ method on it which will send a PATCH request to the server to update the data.

Thus, in this way, the user can change the email-notification preferences in the Open Event Frontend.

Resources:
Ember data Official guide
Blog on Models and Ember data by Daniel Lavigne: Learning Ember.js Part 4: Models

Source code: https://github.com/fossasia/open-event-frontend/pull/537/files

Handling Requests for hasMany Relationships in Open Event Front-end

In Open Event Front-end we use Ember Data and JSON API specs to integrate the application with the server. Ember Data provides an easy way to handle API requests, however it does not support a direct POST for saving bulk data which was the problem we faced while implementing event creation using the API.

In this blog we will take a look at how we implemented POST requests for saving hasMany relationships, using an example of sessions-speakers route to see how we saved the tracks, microlocations & session-types. Lets see how we did it.

Fetching the data from the server

Ember by default does not support hasMany requests for getting related model data. However we can use external add on which enable the hasMany Get requests, we use ember-data-has-many-query which is a great add on for querying hasMany relations of a model.

let data = this.modelFor('events.view.edit');
data.tracks = data.event.get('tracks');
data.microlocations = data.event.get('microlocations');
data.sessionTypes = data.event.get('sessionTypes');
return RSVP.hash(data);

In the above example we are querying the tracks, microlocations & sessionTypes which are hasMany relationships, related to the events model. We can simply do a to do a GET request for the related model.

data.event.get('tracks');

In the above example we are retrieving the all the tracks of the event.

Sending a POST request for hasMany relationship
Ember currently does not saving bulk data POST requests for hasMany relations. We solved this by doing a POST request for individual data of the hasMany array.

We start with creating a `promises` array which contains all the individual requests. We then iterate over all the hasMany relations & push it to the `promises` array. Now each request is an individual promise.

let promises = [];

promises.push(this.get('model.event.tracks').toArray().map(track => track.save()));
promises.push(this.get('model.event.sessionTypes').toArray().map(type => type.save()));
promises.push(this.get('model.event.microlocations').toArray().map(location => location.save()));

Once we have all the promises we then use RSVP to make the POST requests. We make use of all() method which takes an array of promises as parameter and resolves all the promises. If the promises are not resolved successfully then we simply notify the user using the notify service, else we redirect to the home page.

RSVP.Promise.all(promises)
  .then(() => {
    this.transitionToRoute('index');
  }, function() {
    this.get('notify').error(this.l10n.t(Data did not save. Please try again'));
  });

The result of this we can now retrieve & create new tracks, microlocations & sessionTypes on sessions-speakers route.

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Implementing User Permissions API on Open Event Frontend to View and Update User Permission Settings

This blog article will illustrate how the user permissions  are displayed and updated on the admin permissions page in Open Event Frontend, using the user permissions API. Our discussion primarily will involve the admin/permissions/index route to illustrate the process.

The primary end point of Open Event API with which we are concerned with for fetching the permissions  for a user is

GET /v1/user-permissions

First we need to create a model for the user-permissions, which will have the fields corresponding to the api, so we proceed with the ember CLI command:

ember g model user-permission

Next we define the model according to the requirements. The model needs to extend the base model class, and other than the name and description all the fields will be boolean since the user permissions frontend primarily consists of checkboxes to grant and revoke permissions. Hence the model will be of the following format.

import attr from 'ember-data/attr';
import ModelBase from 'open-event-frontend/models/base';

export default ModelBase.extend({
 name           : attr('string'),
 description    : attr('string'),
 unverifiedUser : attr('boolean'),
 anonymousUser  : attr('boolean')
});

Now we need to load the data from the api using this model, so will send a get request to the api to fetch the current permissions. This can be easily achieved via a store query in the model hook of the admin/permissions/system-roles route. It is important to note here, that findAll is preferred over an empty query. To quote the source of this information,

The reason findAll is preferred over query when no filtering is done is, query will always make a server request. findAll on the other hand, will not make a server request if findAll has already been used once somewhere before. It’ll re-use the data already available whenever possible.

model() {
   return this.get('store').findAll('user-permission');
 }

The user permissions form is not a separate component and is directly embedded in the route template hence, there is no need to explicitly pass the model, it will be available in the route template by default. And can be used as following:

{{#each model as |userPermission|}}
<tr>
  <td>
    {{userPermission.name}}
    <div class="muted text">
      {{userPermission.description}}
    </div>
  </td>
  <td>
     {{ui-checkbox label=(t 'Unverified User') checked=userPermission.unverifiedUser onChange=(action (mut userPermission.unverifiedUser))}}
  </td>
  <td>
    {{ui-checkbox label=(t 'Anonymous User') checked=userPermission.anonymousUser onChange=(action (mut userPermission.anonymousUser))}}
  </td>
</tr>
{{/each}}

In the template after mutating the model’s values according to whether the checkboxes are checked or not, the only thing left is triggering the update action in the controller which will be triggered with the default submit action of the form.

updatePermissions() {
     this.set('isLoading', true);
     this.get('model').save()
       .then(() => {
         this.set('isLoading', false);
         this.notify.success(this.l10n.t('User permissions have been saved successfully.'));
       })
       .catch(()=> {
         this.set('isLoading', false);
         this.notify.error(this.l10n.t('An unexpected error has occurred. User permissions not saved.'));
       });
   }

The controller action first sets the isLoading property to true. This adds the semantic UI class loading to the the form,  and so the form goes in the loading state, to let the user know the request is being processed. Then the save()  call occurs and this makes a PATCH request to the API to update the values stored inside the database. And if the PATCH request is successful, the .then() clause executes, which in addition to setting the isLoading as false, notifies the user that the settings have been saved  successfully using the notify service.

However, in case there is an unexpected error and the PATCH request fails, the .catch() executes. After setting isLoading to false, it notifies the user of the error via an error notification.

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