Modifying the My-Badges Component

A Badge generator like Badgeyay must be able to generate, store and export the user data as and when needed. This blog post is about modify the my-badges component to show the badges in a more creative manner.. For making the badges look better than they already are, we decided to use another type of semantic-ui card. This card requires an image. So we decided to use the user’s uploaded image as the image for the badge card. For this, we made changes to the backend along with the frontend.

Adding the functionality to badgeyay

Let us see how we implemented this functionality into the backend of the project.

Step 1 : Adding the image_link to backend

Image link is the link to the user’s uploaded image on remote firebase server.

image_link = db.Column(db.String) # adding column to table

image_link = fields.Str(required=True)  # adding to schema

link = fileUploader(imageDirectory, ‘images/’ + image_name) badge_created.image_link = link  # uploading the file and storing the link

Step 2 : Adding a details to frontend model

Now we need add the attributes to the frontend model to accept our image_link data..

import DS from ’ember-data’;

const { Model, attr } = DS;

export default Model.extend({
badge_size    : attr(‘string’),
csv           : attr(‘string’),
download_link : attr(‘string’),
image         : attr(‘string’),
text_color    : attr(‘string’),
image_link    : attr(‘string’)
});

Step 3 : Adding required Handlebar code and SCSS

Now we need to add the handlebar code to render the image from the link provided from the ember data model.

<div class=”image”>
<img src=”{{badge.image_link}}”>
</div>

And apply some CSS to the image and card

.ui.segment {
.cards {
.card {
padding-right: 10px;

img {
height: 300px;
width: 100%;
}
}
}
}

Finally, we need to apply the migrations to the backend server as well. This is carried out by flask-migrate easily.

Screenshot of changes

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Get My Badges from Badgeyay API

Badgeyay is no longer a simple badge generator. It has more cool features than before.

Badgeyay now supports a feature that shows your badges. It is called ‘my-badges’ component. To get this component work, we need to design a backend API to deliver the badges produced by a particular user.

Why do we need such an API?

The main aim of Badgeyay has changed from being a standard and simple badge generator to a complete suite that solves your badge generation and management problem. So to tackle the problem of managing the produced badges per user, we need to define a separate route and schema that delivers the generated badges.

Adding the functionality to backend

Let us see how we implemented this functionality into the backend of the project.

Step 1 : Adding a route

This step involves adding a separate route that provides with the generated output of the badges linked with the user account.

@router.route(‘/get_badges’, methods=[‘GET’])
def get_badges():
input_data = request.args
user = User.getUser(user_id=input_data.get(
‘uid’))
badges = Badges().query.filter_by(creator=user)
return jsonify(UserBadges(many=True).dump(badges).data)

This route allows us to get badges produced by the user as a JSON API data object. This object is fed to the frontend to render the badges as cards.

Step 2 : Adding a relevant Schema

After creating a route we need to add a relevant schema that will help us to deliver the badges generated by the user to the Ember JS frontend so that it can be consumed as JSON API objects and shown to the user.

class UserBadges(Schema):
class Meta:
type_ =
‘user-badges’
self_view =
‘generateBadges.get_badges’
kwargs = {
‘id’: ‘<id>’}

id = fields.Str(required=True, dump_only=True)
image = fields.Str(required=
True)
csv = fields.Str(required=
True)
badge_id = fields.Str(required=
True)
text_color = fields.Str(required=
True)
badge_size = fields.Str(required=
True)
user_id = fields.Relationship(
self_url=
‘/api/upload/get_file’,
self_url_kwargs={
‘file_id’: ‘<id>’},
related_url=
‘/user/register’,
related_url_kwargs={
‘id’: ‘<id>’},
include_resource_linkage=
True,
type_=
‘User’
)

This is the ‘UserBadge’ schema that produces the output results of the GET request on the route.

Finally, once this is done we can fire up a GET request on our deployment to receive results. The command that you need to run is given below.

$ ~ curl -X GET http://localhost:5000/api/get_badges?uid={user_id}

Further Improvements

We are working on adding multiple routes and adding modifications to database models and schemas so that the functionality of Badgeyay can be extended to a large extent. This will help us in making this badge generator even better.

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