Pursuit of Loot

Data driven pages

Posted on 6th February 2020

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In an effort to reduce the amount of rework and copy and paste shenanigans that go on with the creation of this blog, I've started moving the data for things like my useful links, my book collection and my games backlog into their own js files.

Splitting them up like this means I can more easily update the pages in future, by writing a couple of components for the pages that render out the content from the arrays, grouped by a common factor (usually the status - in progress, complete, etc)

const shortid = require('shortid');
const status = {
BACKLOG: 'Backlog',
STARTED: 'Started',
COMPLETE: 'Complete'
};
const books = [
{
id: shortid.generate(),
author: `Neil Gaiman`,
title: `The Sandman #2: The Doll's House`,
status: status.COMPLETE,
completedDate: '2020-01-11'
},
...
]
export default books;

When I come to making a nicer looking page, maybe some sort of card-based view with the game/book covers, it means all I have to do is update one component and possibly add a tiny bit more data to the arrays.

If this ever gets too big to manage in the confines of a single JS file, then I can always look at moving it into a database and hooking up an API to get the data, but that's a step for another day!


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