ChalkDust

ChalkDust can be used to build activty feeds such as followings and friendships by allowing models to subscribe to activity feeds published by other models.

Every time an activity occurs it is copied to all subscribers of the target of that activity. This creates an activty feed per subscriber (more data) which scales better and allows additional features such as feed to delete/hide activity items.

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Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'chalk_dust'

ChalkDust has a dependency on ActiveRecord and a soft dependency on Rails. If you are using Rails you can install the migrations as follows:

rails generate chalk_dust:install_migrations

Usage

Subscribing

A subscription connects two objects, e.g "Sam" follows "My first blog post"

ChalkDust.subscribe(user, :to => post)
ChalkDust.subscribers_of(post) # => [user, post]

Self-subscribing

Typically you will want to self-subscribe models on creation to themseleves so an activity feed is built for the model itself.

ChalkDust.self_subscribe(user)
# or
ChalkDust.subscribe(user, :to => user)

Undirected subscriptions

All subscriptions are directed. You can create a two way subscription, e.g a friendship, as follows:

ChalkDust.subscribe(bob, :to => alice, :undirected => true)
# or
ChalkDust.subscribe(bob,   :to => alice)
ChalkDust.subscribe(alice, :to => bob)

Publishing activity

Describes an event where X (performer) did Y (activity) to Z (target).

ChalkDust.publish_event(user, 'added', comment)

If the activity should be published to the feed of an object other than the target then it can be either be passed as an additional argument or provided as a method called activity_root.

ChalkDust.publish_event(user, 'added', comment, :root => comment.post)

or

(TODO) ```ruby class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base belongs_to :post

def activity_root post end end ```

Activity Feeds

ChalkDust.activity_feed_for(user, :since => 2.weeks.ago)
ChalkDust.activity_feed_for(post, :since => 2.weeks.ago)

Contributing

Contributions welcome, please fork and send a pull request.

Thanks

Thanks to Igor @ Lifetrip Limited for allowing this code to be open sourced.

License

Copyright (c) 2013 Lifetrip Limited

MIT License

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