Handsome - A ColdFusion Dashboard

A while ago I came across a dashboard webapp made by Shopify called Dashing. It's a fairly simple concept, it's a web dashboard using Ruby & some slick js libraries to create your own custom dashboard with stats/graphs/etc.  The Shopify guys had made it for use internally showing their own stats and had open sourced.

I had a look around, and it looked pretty nice, and I was interested in how they had put it together, so decided to have a go at making my own version of it.

Obviously the real work is in making all the different widget adaptors so they can be re-used & fed any data needed to make it highly customisable - the kind of work that can only be done/worthwhile if working on an actual product with real data/use-cases.

You can see an example of the Shopify guys library over on Heroku (when it's running) - and their code is on their GitHub.

The version I built was originally built with ColdFusion 10 and a bunch of javascript libraries - including backbone.js.  Here are some screenshots - it's pretty simple, just some drag & drop components with pretty colours and widgets - so far an RSS reading widget, a line chart, a gage and a basic text widget(latest tweet).




My code is all here. My demo is here (demo is actually the same code dropped into a quick spring app, as I don't have CF hosting) - running on AppFog - when it's running.  I actually wrote this some time ago last year, but figured I might as well jam it up here, with some screenshots

rob hinds

I'm on to the next one, on to the next one..

2 comments:

  1. I downloaded your code and get the following error when attempting to browse.

    Could not find the ColdFusion component or interface fusebox5.Application.

    Suggestions?

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  2. Unfortunately the app was built on top of the Fusebox framework - so that is a required dependency http://www.fusebox.org/ - in the short term to try it out you can grab that and it should all work - however, all that fusebox really provides is request routing to controllers etc, so could easily be stripped out of the app.

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