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openframe-apiserver

0.4.2 • Public • Published

Openframe API

The Openframe API server.

Note: This repo is under active development. The API is likely to change.

Design Notes

This version of the API Server is built on loopback. The idea is to work towards a data model which supports the basic goals of Openframe, guided by a handful of pilot use cases.

At present, the API provides a basic RESTful interface to the data model. It represents the API Server (REST) in the diagram below. The Global Event Bus lives in a separate repository, Openframe-PubSubServer.

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The block diagram above represents a proposed architecture for the Openframe platform. It will continue to evolve as development on the project progresses.

Running an Openframe API Server

This package provides a cli which can be used to start up a server. Install the package with npm, and run openframe-apiserver to start it.

$ sudo npm install -g openframe-apiserver
 
# start the server... 
$ openframe-apiserver

For DEBUG output, set the DEBUG env var:

# output ALL debug (includes a lot due to loopback) 
$ DEBUG=* openframe-apiserver
 
# output openframe-specific debug 
$ DEBUG=openframe:* openframe-apiserver

If you're not running an instance of the pubsub server separately, you can start up an instance of that concurrently by passing the -p parameter.

# start the API server and PubSub server 
$ openframe-apiserver -p

Various configuration options can be set using a .env file using the -f flag. An example .env file might specify the port on which to expose the API server, configure the datasource, and specify a host and port on which the API server can expect to find the pubsub server. Take a look at the .env.example file in the project root.

# in .env file...
PORT=1234

# indicate how the API server should connect to the pubsub server
PS_HOST='pubsub.openframe.io'
PS_PORT=2345

Local Development

The codebase was largely written following the loopback docs' recommendations and examples. By default the API server will use an in-memory data store and will generate some dummy data (a few users, a few artworks). To run locally, clone the repo, install the npm dependencies, and run npm start.

# (you'll probably fork the repo, and clone your fork) 
$ git clone https://github.com/OpenframeProject/Openframe-APIServer.git
cd Openframe-APIServer
$ npm install
$ npm start

This repo includes the pubsub server as a dependency. Running npm start will spin up an instance of the pubsub server on port 8889. If you want to start only the API, run npm run start-api. Likewise, if you want to run only the pubsub server, run npm run start-pubsub.

REST API Docs

Loopback provides auto-generated documentation (via swagger) based on the data model definitions. After starting up the server locally, visit localhost:8888/explorer/ to view the docs and test out the API.

License

The code in this project is licensed under the GNU AGPLv3, a copyleft license that promotes server-based software freedom. For me info, see the description here, or take a look at the LICENSE included in the repo.

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