January 18, 2018
At work, we’ve been using Dashing for years for internal dashboards that are displayed throughout the office. I’ve always loved Dashing because it provides just simple building blocks that allow you to do anything. The process of getting information on a dashboard is as simple as:
- Write some data fetching logic in Ruby, schedule it to run every X minutes.
It’s just code. As a developer, I love this. Many dashboarding tools out there exist that allow you to drag and drop widgets on page and connect it to ‘data sources’, but truth is data comes from many different places that all have their unique APIs etc. Being able to write some simple code and have all the flexibility that comes with that is very powerful.
One problem that Dashing has is that it has began to show it’s age. Especially it’s frontend, written with Batman.JS and Coffeescript is no longer on par with modern development stacks like React with ES2015+ and tools like Webpack.
This is exactly where Dashbling, my new open source project, comes in.
Data is pulled in at regular intervals, streamed, or pushed into the dashboard.
It looks great out of the box, but can be fully adapted to your taste using CSS or Sass.
The default layout is Flexbox based and fully response.
$ yarn create @dashbling/dashboard ~/Code/my-dashboard
I’d love to get your feedback. Feel free to ping me personally or create an issue on GitHub if you have any questions.