I am working on a new side project, Keep Track of My Games.
The goal is simple: Manage your collection of games and track games that haven't been released.
You can read the tour on my introduction blog post.
I've setup several social outlets:
I'm also providing a public look into my development cycle via the Roadmap page.
I am using MVC 3 with EF 4.1 and SQL Server 2008 deployed via Mercurial, BitBucket, and AppHarbor. I am using the JSON API from GiantBomb to fetch search results than caching them locally to the database. I'm not super enthused with the performance but hopefully I can make it better in the coming weeks.
I use Twilio for SMS and for now, regular old SMTP for emails but I may upgrade depending on load. I use a "scheduled" job that runs through the database and figures out if games are coming out soon or are released or if their release dates have changed.
I have a pretty straightforward and simple architecture: everything goes through application services that do not have any web dependency.
My controllers are pretty stupid; they ask the services for information and process the results:
The key is my
ActionConfirmation class which I borrowed from my co-worker. I thought it was awesome for Service => Controller communication. The reason being I can pass error messages / validation results cleanly.
For example, in this action, if an error occurred when saving tracking settings, I need to go and get the current tracking settings to add some view-specific logic (like, whether or not to show the email/phone checkboxes):
currentTracking is of type
ActionConfirmation<TrackingViewModel>. So, if a service call was successful, I can retrieve the result via
currentTracking.Value. I also use a non-generic
ActionConfirmation class that doesn't require any return value.
Here's an example of the service code returning
I am not 100% OK with this because for complex business validation, the results are coming back one at a time. I will be refactoring later to avoid this.
The "Open" Source Agenda
I have been playing around with making this source code public. Only a few things prevent me from doing so:
- I need a way to hide secret tokens for APIs and my passwords for some services.
- If people know the code, they'll see all the security holes and it's possible someone could exploit them and steal my user's data (not cool).
Really item #2 is the big decider. I am using OpenID and DotNetOpenAuth but that doesn't mean the site is totally secure. The worst information that could be obtained is someone's email and phone number, both of which I plan to encrypt for extra safety (once I figure out how that works with EF).
I am thinking instead of totally making it open source, to allow select contributors I trust into the codebase for reviews and patches.
If you would be interested in doing that, I have a tester system setup so let me know and we'll talk.