Home is an application I developed last year (Nov-Dec) while learning the MEAN (MongoDB, Express, Angular and NodeJS) stack. It's a homepage status monitor, more or less a glorified bookmark/favourites tool with the ability to scan if ports are open or closed on a host.
Every application is made to solve a particular problem. There needs to be a reason to make it.
- There were so many web services and infrastructure at work that not everyone on the team knew which was where and how to access its correct URL.
- There was a need to create transparency.
Infrastructure monitoring tools weren't up to the task
- Nagios and its clones: overhead using its agents
- StatusPage.io: paid service
- vCenter Operations Manager: only works for virtual machines
So with the problem in mind, I started prototyping the idea in my head:
- All these services were in my bookmark bar so it work similar to it
- It would be difficult to get complete system monitoring e.g. CPU, memory, disk usage. A simple is it up or down was good enough.
- It has to be configurable and easy to make changes to. This would mean I had to use specific languages and tools to make it work.
- It had to be good enough for everyone, including myself to use on a daily basis.
The plan to build it was based off the ideas I had:
- Minimal and simple approach. This meant a single page design without any page refreshes for any CRUD operations.
- Achieving the single page design meant I needed asynchronous background operations (e.g. AJAX).
I programmed it over the period of a month using IntelliJ's WebStorm application. There were no reviews of any kind and I presented it as-is to my team. The results were very positive.
One cheesy feature I threw in was the weather feature. Weather provided by Forecast.io and animated icons from Skycons nicely present the forecast over one week period.
You can download it over at GitHub:
If anyone continues my work there were a few things I really wanted to achieve:
- Drag and Drop functionality to reorder items and sections
- Pin notices e.g. power outage @ 5pm
- Better user experience with animations and better validation
- Create more than just bookmarks e.g. notes
- More system monitoring