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architectural overview

Each Edubuzzer app, e.g. Raise Your Hands, is chiefly implemented in a single responsible JavaScript file, e.g. raise-your-hands.js, located in Ygor's www directory. Each one can define a single callback, Edubuzzer.run_application which is called when the application is started.

Inside Edubuzzer.run_application it may register other callbacks like Edubuzzer.updated_known_logins which is called whenever a client is added or removed, or Edubuzzer.display which is called in regular intervals.

global.js runs a poor man's event loop and schedules all pollings to the server which result in callbacks of the active app registered being called. An app is activated by changing the URI #hash. The skeleton switches to an app by simply overwriting the display function.

querying buzzers

/ygor is the base URI for the middleware endpoint. Send GET requests to certain named queries, e.g. ?name=ls_accepted_login.sql. For the full list, see directory Ygor/sql/ in the software repository. It returns a JSON array of objects/hashes whose keys are described in the SQL file, e.g. for above:

       "accepted":true,"ack":false}, … ]

Refer to the table schemas in Ygor/schema/ for explicit key/row names. Rely on src for uniquely identifying a buzzer.

The most important query is ls_events.sql because it deals with the device buttons. The first line in the file hints at the additional query parameters, in this case loginid, i.e. the full query string is ?name=ls_events&loginid=ROWID where ROWID is a number received in earlier different queries. Extract the button status from the eventmask field. See docs/serialprotocol for the semantics.

For debugging purposes the middleware exposes an echo interface at base URI /echo. The query string is ignored except for the parameter name Response-Body. Its value is a percent encoded JSON string which unsurprisingly is returned as response body.

For example, you want to mock:

       function (foo) {

Add a second parameter to the getJSON call, thus:

       function (foo) {

instruction list

  • decide on an app name (e.g. exampleapp)
  • create a new JavaScript file with the name
  • implement the run_application function and the hooks you need
    • present the app UI in element #buzzers
    • keep internal data under the Edubuzzer.exampleapp namespace
  • add the app name/link in index.xhtml
  • register the app in global.js
  • add styles in edubuzzer.css