Contributing to Zeppelin-Web

Dev Mode

When working on Zeppelin's WebApplication, it is recommended to run in dev mode.

For that, start Zeppelin server normally, then use yarn run dev in zeppelin-web directory.

This will launch a Zeppelin WebApplication on port 9000 that will update on code changes.


Zeppelin WebApplication is using AngularJS as main Framework, and Grunt and Bower as helpers.

So you might want to get familiar with it. Here is a good start (There is obviously plenty more ressources to learn)

Good Practices

On the side menu of this page, you will find documentation about some of the best practices we want to apply in this project.

This is a great way for people to learn more about angularJS, and to keep the code clean and optimized.

Please try to follow those Good Practices Guides when making a PR or reviewing one.

Coding style

But don't worry, Eslint and Jscs will make you remember it for the most part.

We try not to have JQuery except in directives, If you want to include a library, please search for its angularJS directive first.

If you still need to use it, then please use angular.element() instead of $()

Folder Structure & Code Organization

  • src folder: Contains the Source code for Zeppelin WebApplication
  • dist folder: Contains the compiled code after using yarn run build

Src and Code Organization

The src folder is organized as such:

 ├──  app/
 │   ├──  name/
 │   │    ├──  name.controller.js
 |   |    ├──  name.html
 |   |    ├──  subComponent1/
 |   |    |    ├──  subComponent1.html
 |   |    |    ├──  subComponent1.css
 │   |    |    └──  subComponent1.controller.js
 │   │    └──  name.css
 │   ├──  app.js
 │   └──  app.controller.js
 ├──  assets/
 │   ├──  images/
 │   └──  styles/
 |        ├──  looknfeel/
 │        └──  printMode.css
 ├──  components/
 │   ├──  component1/
 |   |    ├──  component1.html
 │   |    └──  component1.controller.js
 │   └──  component2/
 ├──  fonts/
 |    ├──  *.{eot,svg,ttf,woff,otf}
 │    └──  *.css
 ├──  favicon.ico
 ├──  index.html
 ├──  index.js
 └──  404.html

The code is now organized in a component type of architecture, where everything is logically grouped.

File type name convention

In order to understand what is contained inside the .js files without opening it, we use some name conventions:

  • .controller.js
  • .directive.js
  • .service.js

Component Architecture

When we talk about Component architecture, we think about grouping files together in a logical way.

A component can then be made of multiple files like .html, .css or any other file type mentioned above.

Related components can be grouped as sub-component as long as they are used in that component only.

App folder

Contains the application app.js and page related components.

  • Home Page
  • Interpreter Page
  • Notebook Page etc...

The only restriction being that a component in the app folder is not used anywhere else

Components folder

The components folder is here to contains any reusable component (used more than once)


Fonts files and their css are mixed together in the fonts folder

New files includes

As we do not use yeoman to generate controllers or other type of files with this new structure, we need to do some includes manually in index.html in order to use dev mode and compile correctly.

  • Non-bower .js files needs to be injected between the tag <!-- build:js({.tmp,src}) scripts/scripts.js -->
  • Css files needs to be injected between the tag <!-- build:css(.tmp) styles/main.css -->

Add plugins with Bower

bower install <plugin> --save

The file index.html will automatically update with the new bower_component

Example: ./bower install angular-nvd3

You should find that line in the index.html file <script src="bower_components/angular-nvd3/dist/angular-nvd3.js"></script> `