Creating a Source

I think it’s easier to work on the backend first, as you can test the api independently of the client. We’ll work through an example using the Elasticsearch source.

Source API

Create an endpoint to create the source, copy server/rest/ to server/rest/ and modify accordingly.

Important points are - use the access decorator to ensure only logged in users can call the endpoint - create minerva_metadata with the correct source_type - save the source using the superclass method createSource - return the document corresponding to the new source - here we store the authentication credentials after encryption - set the description object to display the params correctly on the swagger api page

Add the endpoint to server/

info['apiRoot'].minerva_source_elasticsearch = elasticsearch_source.ElasticsearchSource()

You should now be able to see your endpoint through the swagger api page, and test it there. Usually


Testing the Source API

Create a test, copy plugin_tests/ to plugin_tests/

Add the test to plugin.cmake

add_python_test(elasticsearch PLUGIN minerva)

Run cmake PATH_TO_GIRDER_DIR again in your build directory to pick up the new test.

Now you should see the new test in your build directory

ctest -N | grep minerva
  Test #110: server_minerva.dataset
  Test #111: server_minerva.source
  Test #112: server_minerva.session
  Test #113: server_minerva.analysis
  Test #116: server_minerva.import_analyses
  Test #117: server_minerva.contour_analysis
  Test #118: server_minerva.wms
  Test #119: server_minerva.elasticsearch
  Test #120: server_minerva.geojson
  Test #121: server_minerva.mean_contour_analysis
  Test #122: pep8_style_minerva_constants
  Test #124: pep8_style_minerva_rest
  Test #125: pep8_style_minerva_utility
  Test #126: pep8_style_minerva_bsve
  Test #127: pep8_style_minerva_jobs
  Test #128: jshint_minerva
  Test #129: jsstyle_minerva
  Test #130: web_client_minerva

You can run the test, with extra verbosity

ctest -R server_minerva.elasticsearch -VV

Also check your python style, and fix any errors

ctest -R pep8_style_minerva_rest -VV

Add the source to client side collection

Add the new source type to web/external/js/collections/SourceCollection.js, this will prevent mysterious backbone errors later on like

a.on is not a function

You’re welcome.

Add a new Source Model

Add a new model like web_external/js/models/ElasticsearchSourceModel.js.

Add the Source to AddSourceWidget

Create a widget to add your new source type, e.g. AddElasticsearchSourceWidget


Add your new source type along with a reference to the create widget to the dictionary in AddSourceWidget.js.

Test that when you click on the add new source icon in the source panel, your new source type is displayed as an option.

Add an Action to the Source Displayed in the Source Panel

If it makes sense for your source to have an action, as when there is a natural path to create a dataset from your source, add an action to the source displayed in the source panel.

E.g., a WMS source naturally creates datasets by exposing a set of WMS layers and allowing one or more to be created as a dataset. An Elasticsearch source naturally creates datasets by running an analysis which is a search query, resulting in a JSON dataset with a default visualization as GeoJson.

Add an event handler for your source icon in web_external/js/views/body/SourcePanel.js .

Add the widget constructed and rendered by the event handler


Comply with Javascript styles

Because it’s the law of the land.

ctest -R jshint_minerva -VV
ctest -R jsstyle_minerva -VV