Mine is not a “show-off” of dashboard specifically, but more of methodology.
I created DudDashboard, a small scaffolding module for Universal Dashboard.
The idead was to autoloads
- UDPages contained in individual files located in a specific subfolder
- UDEndpoint contained in individual files located in a specific subfolder
- Have some files automatically loaded if found such as
- Login.ps1 - return New-UDLogin
- Navigation.ps1 & Footer.ps1 - return the corresponding elements
- To have a folder where I could put all functions that I wanted loaded inside UD environment
- A way to be able to switch between one or more datasource to allow an easy separation of concerns and publishing a demo version of a specific dashboard for the community without having to scrub it from any production data. Also to get UD-pages stripped down to their layout while the actual data of these pages was loaded from another file.
- JS scripts and CSS styles
- easily load js and CSS into the dashboard without touching the endpoint initialization.
I did all of that to be able to develop more efficiently / quickly with UD and on a personal level, this scaffolding module achieve that.
A special Start-Watch.ps1 file (see tiny documentation below) start a filesystem watcher which either update the dashboard or restart the apppool (configured in the HotReload appsettings.json file) depending on the file path. This allow me to create page and endpoints very easily.
I hope to get a V1 soon, have the occasion to test on Azure, windows service, and with .net core more to ensure it work properly there too, get some proper documentation, etc…
To be honest, I am probably a bit too early to talk about it due to the lack of a complete documentation and lack of testing other than the condition described below but hopefully, making it public today will give me the drive to push this forward and develop something beautiful and more importantly, accessible.
Feel free to take a look, read the documentation below and let me know if you get the base dashboard working.
DuDDashboard is a scaffolding module for Universal Dashboards.
Please note that at current time, it is only tested on :
- Windows Powershell 5.1
This is not to say that it won’t work using Windows Service, Azure or .net core, just that in the current state, it is still untested on these mediums.
Documentation below is only a tiny introduction and I plan to create a much more detailed documentation in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions, you can ask them on my thread on the Universal Dashboard forum - Link here
The objective of this module is to provide a scaffolding framework to develop quickly your dashboards.
DUDDashboard skeleton looks like this
- Root folder (where sit Dashboard.ps1, UD files and src folder. )
- Root/src folder - Except the configuration file, everything else reside in the src subfolder.
- Contains Start-DUDDashboard, a wrapper for Start-UDDashboard that initialize DudDashboard
- Appsettings.json - Contains some settings you would normally pass to Start-UDDashboard, authentication settings used by the login (if defined) and some parameters tied to the DUD-HotReload component.
- Start-Watch.ps1 (Requires appsettings.json Hotreload section configuration) - When developping, if you execute Start-Watch.ps1, it will start monitoring Files and either update the dashboard (Through Update-UDDashboard) or restart the IIS application pool. For this reason, this file need to be executed as an administrator. When the dashboard update itself, page will refresh automatically. When app pool is recycled, you will need to refresh manually the page yourself. Based on the changed element, Universal Dashboard requires to restart the IIS. Items and behaviors :
- Endpoints - Restart
- Page, Scripts and Styles - Update
- Dashboard.ps1 - Restart
- Root.ps1 - update
- Data - update
- Navigation & Footer - Restart
Src subfolder content
When using the Publish-DUDDashboard command, you will notice that some of these files starts by an underscore. They won’t be used until you remove the underscore (Ex: _Login.ps1 will be ignored. To use it, rename to Login.ps1)
All these files are command (some optionals) part of a normal UDDashboard.
- Footer - return a New-UDFooter
- Login - Must return New-UDLogin
- Navigation - Must return New-SideNav
- root - Return New-DuDDashboard (Wrapper for New-UDDashboard)
- Theme - Must return New-UDTheme
- Tied to Datasource appsettings.json . Files from the selected datasource subfolder are loaded into memory. Intended usage is to separate data from main datasource and a demo / dev source. You could therefore use the demo datasource for documenting or share the dashboard with peace of mind by having the demo datasource in place just by removing the production datasource, which might contains proprietary code. $Cache:DudData.MyPage can be referenced in your pages. (Better documentation to come)
- All files within this folder must return New-UDEndpoint and will be imported automatically.
- All files within this folder are functions to be imported and made available within Universal Dashboard.
- All files within this folder must return New-UDPage and will be imported automaticaly
- All CSS scripts from this folder will be copied into the Root/Client/Styles folder when app start and applied to your dashboard.
How to install
- Create a folder on your hard drive
- Create a new IIS website
- Configure the apppool with a user that can run Universal Dashboard
- Run Publish-DUDDashboard -Path ‘Path_To_Your_New_Folder’ -License ‘Path of your License.lic file if you have one’