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JavaScript Contributions

We use Vue.js and all UI source code is under the directory /cloudsplaining/output/.

If you are new to JavaScript, consider learning the basics of JavaScript first - and then dive into the Vue.js documentation, which is quite good.

If you're a backend developer by trade and relatively new to JavaScript, consider installing NodeJS first and perhaps writing some unit tests - that is an excellent way to get functional and dirty with JavaScript.

If you would like to contribute but are having trouble getting started, try reaching out to us over Gitter, or contact me on Twitter @kmcquade3.

Getting started

We use Node v14.5.0. I suggest using Node version manager for managing multiple Node installations. This is suggested but not required. Instructions can be found here.

  • Check the Node version matches v14.5.0
node --version

# should return:
# v14.5.0
  • Install dependencies from the root directory
npm install

We've already preconfigured several npm commands to be run inside the package.json file, so you don't have to remember to use vue-cli-service serve --mode development, for example - you can just use npm serve.

  • Spin up a local version of the report, using sample data.
npm serve

You can then access the application over http://localhost:8080.

  • Run unit tests
npm test
  • Build the most updated Javascript bundle
npm build

Adding new JavaScript utility functions: Checklist

  • Add a new .js file under /cloudsplaining/output/src/util. This should contain your JavaScript functions.
  • Add your function in this code. See other files in that folder for an example.
  • Ensure that there is an exports myfunction = myfunction; line at the end of the file

  • Add a new .js file under /cloudsplaining/output/src/test.

  • Use this to store your unit tests. See other files in that directory for examples.

Adding new Vue Component: Checklist

  • Add a new file under /cloudsplaining/output/src/components.
  • Ensure that the component is imported in the App.vue file.
  • Ensure that the component is added as a component in the component listing in the App.vue file.
  • Ensure that the component is leveraged in the HTML template within that App.vue file.
  • Ensure that unit tests run successfully

Building the report for testing

Step 1: Make sure it builds successfully locally first with npm serve

npm serve
# You can then access the application over http://localhost:8080

Step 2: Build new JavaScript bundle files

npm build

This generates JavaScript files that are bundled with webpack.

The JavaScript file at /cloudsplaining/output/dist/index.bundle.js contains the bundled application code. The JavaScript file at /cloudsplaining/output/dist/js/chunk-vendors.js contains a bundle of all required dependencies that would other wise be under the /node_modules/ directory.

The npm build command will also generate a file titled index.html at /cloudsplaining/output/dist/index.html. However, Cloudsplaining does not actually use that file, since that file assumes that the JavaScript is available at local relative paths. Instead, Cloudsplaining injects the contents of the index.bundle.js file (the application code) and the chunk-vendors.js file (the dependencies) into a nearly identical file - template.html - along with the results of the Cloudsplaining scan. The relevant sections of the template.html file look like this:

<!-- built files will be auto injected -->
// We declare these variables first - yes, with var - so that we can use Global Variables to our advantage. The application code knows that when `isLocalExample` is set to true, that it should use the sample results data as the IAM data to use for the report. When isLocalExample is set to false (which is always the case when this template.html file is used), it will use the IAM data that is injected inline later in this file.  
    var isLocalExample = false;
    var account_id;
    var account_name;
    var report_generated_time;
    var cloudsplaining_version;
    <!-- NOTE: Cloudsplaining uses Jinja2 templates to inject these values that are supplied at `cloudsplaining scan` time -->
    account_id = "{{ t.account_id }}";
    account_name = "{{ t.account_name }}";
    report_generated_time = "{{ t.report_generated_time }}";
    cloudsplaining_version = "{{ t.cloudsplaining_version }}";

    <!-- NOTE: This will inject "var iam_data = {json.dumps(results)}", with results being the JSON dictionary that stores the Cloudsplaining output-->
    {{ t.results }}

<-- NOTE: The **contents** of the `chunk-vendors.js` file, which contains the javascript code for third party dependencies (compiled with webpack) is injected here-->
    {{ t.vendor_bundle_js }}
<-- NOTE: The **contents** of the `index.bundle.js` file, which contains the application code (compiled with webpack) is injected here-->
    {{ t.app_bundle_js }}

Step 3: Create the new sample report

python3 ./utils/

This will generate a new report at /index.html.