get startedPublishing Pods

Anyone may publish a Fantom library / pod to this website.

First Sign Up to create an account, then visit the My Pods page. There you'll find a simple form to upload pod files.

Or, after you've created an account, publish pods with the Fantom fanr tool.

Private Pods

By default, published pods are private. That means they are only visible to you. Even when accessed with the fanr tool.

There are no restrictions on private pods and any pod build by a standard build.fan script is accepted.

Example build.fan (private)

A minimalist build.fan for a private pod looks like this:

using build

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "pooPrivate"
        summary = "Project description"
        version = Version("1.0.0")
        depends = ["sys 1.0"]
        srcDirs = [`fan/`]
    }
}

Once uploaded, private pods may be converted to a public pod (and back again) via the pod's edit page.

Public Pods

Public pods, because they're exposed to everyone, need to provide extra information. They do this by defining pod meta data:

repo.public

repo.public must be set to true to define a pod as public.

To accept legacy pods from the Status302 pod repository, the repo.private meta is also honoured. Though if both are defined, repo.public takes precedence.

licence.name

licence.name (or license.name) defines how the pod is licensed. It should be Commercial or one of the long names as defined by the Open Source Initiative.

licence.name is required to let consumers know in what manner the pod may be used.

vcs.uri / org.uri

Either vcs.uri or org.uri is required so users know how to get in touch with the owner.

vcs.uri is the URL of the pod on a public Version Control System (VCS), such as BitBucket or GitHub.

org.uri is the URL of the owning organisation.

Example build.fan (public)

A minimalist build.fan for a pubic pod would look like this:

using build

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "pooPublic"
        summary = "Project description"
        version = Version("1.0.0")

        meta = [
            "licence.name"  : "ISC License (ISC)",
            "org.uri"       : "http://www.example.com",
            "repo.public"   : "true",
        ]

        depends = ["sys 1.0"]
        srcDirs = [`fan/`]
    }
}

Pod Meta Data

The Pod Repository makes us of the following optional pod meta data:

pod.dis

A readable humanised name for the pod

pod.uri

A web site URL for the pod (why not use the pod's Eggbox summary page!?)

org.name

The organization who developed the pod

org.uri

A web site URL for the organization

vcs.name

The name of the Version Control System, e.g. Mercurial, Git, Subversion, ...

vcs.uri

The URL of the public version control repository

license.name

The project license; either Commercial or a name defined by the Open Source Initiative

Tip: Define pod.dis to give your pod a readable name in pod listings.

Note the Fantom docs mention proj.name and proj.uri; these are reserved for logical groupings of multiple pods. For example, all the Fantom core pods ('sys', concurrent, util, ...) come under the one project, Fantom Core.

A more complete set of pod meta data would look like this:

meta = [
    "pod.dis"      : "Foo Bar",
    "pod.uri"      : "http://.wotever.com/foo",
    "org.name"     : "Wotever",
    "org.uri"      : "http://wotever.com",
    "vcs.name"     : "Mercurial",
    "vcs.uri"      : "https://bitbucket.org/Wotever/foobar",
    "licence.name" : "ISC License (ISC)",
    "repo.public"  : "true"
]

The Pod Repository also makes use of the following bespoke meta:

repo.deprecated

Marks the pod as deprecated. Deprecated pods are not shown in pod listings.

repo.internal

Marks the pod as Internal to the organisation that created it. Internal pods have a prologue on the summary page that explains how despite being public, it may not be feature complete.

repo.tags

A CSV list of categories that the pod belongs to.

Pod API

Pod Repository can display the public API for a pod. To do so, the pod must include special .apidoc files. To ensure these files are available, set docApi = true in build.fan

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "poo"
        version = Version("1.0.0")

        ...

        docApi = true
    }
}

Note that the above line is not strictly needed as docApi defaults to true.

Pod Source

Pod Repository can display source files from the pod. To do so, the pod must include the .fan source files. To ensure they are available, set docSrc = true in build.fan

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "poo"
        version = Version("1.0.0")

        ...

        docSrc = true
    }
}

Note that source files are only linked from the API pages, so it's a good idea to set both docApi and docSrc to true.

Pod Documentation

User guides and documentation pages are generated from .fandoc files in the /doc/ directory of the pod.

User Guide Page

It is a Fantom standard that /doc/pod.fandoc is used as the main documentation page, so this becomes the User Guide page.

To build a pod with just a single User Guide page, you can place the pod.fandoc file in the project directory, like this:

poo/
 +-- fan/
 |     `-- {source files}
 +-- build.fan
 `-- pod.fandoc

If build.fan finds a pod.fandoc in that location, it will be automatically copied into the correct place in the pod.

Multiple Pages

If a pod is to have multiple documentation pages then these need to live in a /doc/ directory under the project and be specified in the build.fan. The project directory structure should look like:

poo/
 +-- doc/
 |    +-- disasterRecovery.fandoc
 |    +-- pod.fandoc
 |    `-- releaseNotes.fandoc
 +-- fan/
 |     `-- {source files}
 +-- build.fan
 `-- pod.fandoc

And the build.fan should look like:

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "poo"
        version = Version("1.0.0")

        ...

        resDirs = [`doc/`]
    }
}

Note that directories in resDirs should always end with a /.

resDirs may also be used to list individual files:

class Build : BuildPod {

    new make() {
        podName = "poo"
        version = Version("1.0.0")

        ...

        resDirs = [`doc/disasterRecovery.fandoc`, `doc/pod.fandoc`, `releaseNotes.fandoc`]
    }
}

Default Ordering

The User Guide page ( pod.fandoc ) is always first in the documentation list. Other .fandoc pages are then listed in alphabetical order. The fandoc file names are used to create page titles.

Example, if a pod contained the following files:

/doc/disasterRecovery.fandoc
/doc/pod.fandoc
/doc/releaseNotes.fandoc

Then the documentation pages would be listed as:

User Guide
Disaster Recovery
Release Notes

Custom Ordering

You can customise the URLs and order of the documentation pages by supplying the text file /doc/contents.fog. Fantom Object Graph (FOG) files are in Fantom's serialisation format and contents.fog is just a Uri:Str map:

Example /doc/contents.fog

[sys::Uri:sys::Str][
    `/doc/pod.fandoc`           : "User Guide",
    `/doc/page2.fandoc`         : "Page 2",
    `http://www.example.com`    : "External Link",
    `/doc/releaseNotes.fandoc`  : "Release Notes"
]

Overview Section

The pod's summary page can contain an overview section. This is taken from the Overview section in pod.fandoc. For example:

Overview
********
This section appears on the pod summary page.

Quick Start
***********
This section does not.

Pod Images

The pod icon shown in pod listings is taken from the pod file:

/doc/icon.png

The image should have a square aspect ratio and, as a guide, be about 128px x 128px in size.

Should the pod's summary page be shared on social media (Facebook, Reddit, etc...) the following pod images are used for the Open Graph og:ogimage meta data:

/doc/ogimage.png
/doc/ogimage.jpg

Requirements for ogimages differ from media site to media site, but typically they should be large!

Alien-Factory takes the middle ground and usually defines it's ogimages as 1024px x 512px versions of pod icons.