Adding Speakers Page in Open Event Frontend

Open Event Frontend earlier displayed all the speakers of an event on the main info page only, now a separate route for speakers is created and a separate page is added to display the speakers of an event. The design and layout of speakers page is kept similar to that on Open Event Web app. The info page only shows the featured speakers for an event and the complete list of speakers with additional information is present on speakers route.

Getting the event speakers data

The event data is obtained from the public model and a query is made for the speakers to get the required data. The speakers are fetched only for the sessions which are accepted, this is done by applying a filter while the query is made.

async model() {
 const eventDetails = this.modelFor('public');
 return {
   event    : eventDetails,
   speakers : await eventDetails.query('speakers', {
     filter: [
       {
         name : 'sessions',
         op   : 'any',
         val  : {
           name : 'state',
           op   : 'eq',
           val  : 'accepted'
         }
       }
     ]
   })
 };
}

Adding template for displaying speakers

A template is added to display three speakers in a row. The speakers data obtained from the model is looped through and details of every speaker is passed to the speaker-item component, which handles the design and layout for every item in the speakers list.

<div class="ui stackable grid container">
 {{#each model.speakers as |speaker|}}
   <div class="five wide column speaker-column">
     {{public/speaker-item speaker=speaker}}
   </div>
 {{/each}}
</div>

Adding component for speaker-item

A component for displaying the speaker-item is added to templates/component/public directory. The component contains of an accordion which displays the speaker details like biography, social links and the sessions that would be taken by him.

{{#ui-accordion}}
 <div class="title">
   <div class="ui">
     <img alt="speaker" class="ui medium rounded image" src="{{if speaker.photo.iconImageUrl speaker.image '/images/placeholders/avatar.png'}}">
    ...
    ... 
    ...
    // Speaker Details
   </div>
 </div>
{{/ui-accordion}}

The accordion with speaker image and other details appears for every speaker of an event.

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Open Event Server – Export Speakers as PDF File

FOSSASIA‘s Open Event Server is the REST API backend for the event management platform, Open Event. Here, the event organizers can create their events, add tickets for it and manage all aspects from the schedule to the speakers. Also, once he/she makes his event public, others can view it and buy tickets if interested.

The organizer can see all the speakers in a very detailed view in the event management dashboard. He can see the statuses of all the speakers. The possible statuses are pending, accepted, and rejected. He/she can take actions such as editing the speakers.

If the organizer wants to download the list of all the speakers as a PDF file, he or she can do it very easily by simply clicking on the Export As PDF button in the top right-hand corner.

Let us see how this is done on the server.

Server side – generating the Speakers PDF file

Here we will be using the pisa package which is used to convert from HTML to PDF. It is a html2pdf converter which uses ReportLab Toolkit, the HTML5lib and pyPdf. It supports HTML5 and CSS 2.1 (and some of CSS 3). It is completely written in pure Python so it is platform independent.

from xhtml2pdf import pisa<

We have a utility method create_save_pdf which creates and saves PDFs from HTML. It takes the following arguments:

  • pdf_data – This contains the HTML template which has to be converted to PDF.
  • key – This contains the file name
  • dir_path – This contains the directory

It returns the newly formed PDF file. The code is as follows:

def create_save_pdf(pdf_data, key, dir_path='/static/uploads/pdf/temp/'):
   filedir = current_app.config.get('BASE_DIR') + dir_path

   if not os.path.isdir(filedir):
       os.makedirs(filedir)

   filename = get_file_name() + '.pdf'
   dest = filedir + filename

   file = open(dest, "wb")
   pisa.CreatePDF(io.BytesIO(pdf_data.encode('utf-8')), file)
   file.close()

   uploaded_file = UploadedFile(dest, filename)
   upload_path = key.format(identifier=get_file_name())
   new_file = upload(uploaded_file, upload_path)
   # Removing old file created
   os.remove(dest)

   return new_file

The HTML file is formed using the render_template method of flask. This method takes the HTML template and its required variables as the arguments. In our case, we pass in ‘pdf/speakers_pdf.html’(template) and speakers. Here, speakers is the list of speakers to be included in the PDF file. In the template, we loop through each item of speakers. We print his name, email, list of its sessions, mobile, a short biography, organization, and position. All these fields form a row in the table. Hence, each speaker is a row in our PDF file.

The various columns are as follows:

<thead>
<tr>
   <th>
       {{ ("Name") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Email") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Sessions") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Mobile") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Short Biography") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Organisation") }}
   </th>
   <th>
       {{ ("Position") }}
   </th>
</tr>
</thead>

A snippet of the code which handles iterating over the speakers’ list and forming a row is as follows:

{% for speaker in speakers %}
   <tr class="padded" style="text-align:center; margin-top: 5px">
       <td>
           {% if speaker.name %}
               {{ speaker.name }}
           {% else %}
               {{ "-" }}
           {% endif %}
       </td>
       <td>
           {% if speaker.email %}
               {{ speaker.email }}
           {% else %}
               {{ "-" }}
           {% endif %}
       </td>
       <td>
           {% if speaker.sessions %}
               {% for session in speaker.sessions %}
                   {{ session.name }}<br>
               {% endfor %}
           {% else %}
               {{ "-" }}
           {% endif %}
       </td>
      …. So on
   </tr>
{% endfor %}

The full template can be found here.

Obtaining the Speakers PDF file:

Firstly, we have an API endpoint which starts the task on the server.

GET - /v1/events/{event_identifier}/export/speakers/pdf

Here, event_identifier is the unique ID of the event. This endpoint starts a celery task on the server to export the speakers of the event as a PDF file. It returns the URL of the task to get the status of the export task. A sample response is as follows:

{
  "task_url": "/v1/tasks/b7ca7088-876e-4c29-a0ee-b8029a64849a"
}

The user can go to the above-returned URL and check the status of his/her Celery task. If the task completed successfully he/she will get the download URL. The endpoint to check the status of the task is:

and the corresponding response from the server –

{
  "result": {
    "download_url": "/v1/events/1/exports/http://localhost/static/media/exports/1/zip/OGpMM0w2RH/event1.zip"
  },
  "state": "SUCCESS"
}

The file can be downloaded from the above-mentioned URL.

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Open Event Server – Export Speakers as CSV File

FOSSASIA‘s Open Event Server is the REST API backend for the event management platform, Open Event. Here, the event organizers can create their events, add tickets for it and manage all aspects from the schedule to the speakers. Also, once he/she makes his event public, others can view it and buy tickets if interested.

The organizer can see all the speakers in a very detailed view in the event management dashboard. He can see the statuses of all the speakers. The possible statuses are pending, accepted and rejected. He/she can take actions such as editing/viewing speakers.

If the organizer wants to download the list of all the speakers as a CSV file, he or she can do it very easily by simply clicking on the Export As CSV button in the top right-hand corner.

Let us see how this is done on the server.

Server side – generating the Speakers CSV file

Here we will be using the csv package provided by python for writing the csv file.

import csv
  • We define a method export_speakers_csv which takes the speakers to be exported as a CSV file as the argument.
  • Next, we define the headers of the CSV file. It is the first row of the CSV file.
def export_speakers_csv(speakers):
   headers = ['Speaker Name', 'Speaker Email', 'Speaker Session(s)',
              'Speaker Mobile', 'Speaker Bio', 'Speaker Organisation', 'Speaker Position']
  • A list is defined called rows. This contains the rows of the CSV file. As mentioned earlier, headers is the first row.
rows = [headers]
  • We iterate over each speaker in speakers and form a row for that speaker by separating the values of each of the columns by a comma. Here, every row is one speaker.
  • As a speaker can contain multiple sessions we iterate over each session for that particular speaker and append each session to a string. ‘;’ is used as a delimiter. This string is then added to the row. We also include the state of the session – accepted, rejected, confirmed.
  • The newly formed row is added to the rows list.
for speaker in speakers:
   column = [speaker.name if speaker.name else '', speaker.email if speaker.email else '']
   if speaker.sessions:
       session_details = ''
       for session in speaker.sessions:
           if not session.deleted_at:
               session_details += session.title + ' (' + session.state + '); '
       column.append(session_details[:-2])
   else:
       column.append('')
   column.append(speaker.mobile if speaker.mobile else '')
   column.append(speaker.short_biography if speaker.short_biography else '')
   column.append(speaker.organisation if speaker.organisation else '')
   column.append(speaker.position if speaker.position else '')
   rows.append(column)
  • rows contains the contents of the CSV file and hence it is returned.
return rows
  • We iterate over each item of rows and write it to the CSV file using the methods provided by the csv package.
with open(file_path, "w") as temp_file:
   writer = csv.writer(temp_file)
   from app.api.helpers.csv_jobs_util import export_speakers_csv
   content = export_speakers_csv(speakers)
   for row in content:
       writer.writerow(row)

Obtaining the Speakers CSV file:

Firstly, we have an API endpoint which starts the task on the server.

GET - /v1/events/{event_identifier}/export/speakers/csv

Here, event_identifier is the unique ID of the event. This endpoint starts a celery task on the server to export the speakers of the event as a CSV file. It returns the URL of the task to get the status of the export task. A sample response is as follows:

{
  "task_url": "/v1/tasks/b7ca7088-876e-4c29-a0ee-b8029a64849a"
}

The user can go to the above-returned URL and check the status of his/her Celery task. If the task completed successfully he/she will get the download URL. The endpoint to check the status of the task is:

and the corresponding response from the server –

{
  "result": {
    "download_url": "/v1/events/1/exports/http://localhost/static/media/exports/1/zip/OGpMM0w2RH/event1.zip"
  },
  "state": "SUCCESS"
}

The file can be downloaded from the above-mentioned URL.

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