App & directory structure

Table of contents

As of May, 2017, the directory structure is as follows (although this may change as we continue to develop new code in this repository):

├── data
│   └── pumpSettings
│       ├── animas
│       ├── medtronic
│       ├── omnipod
│       └── tandem
├── docs
│   ├── deps
│   ├── misc
│   └── views
│       └── images
├── local
├── src
│   ├── components
│   │   ├── common
│   │   │   ├── controls
│   │   │   └── tooltips
│   │   ├── settings
│   │   │   └── common
│   │   └── trends
│   │       ├── cbg
│   │       ├── common
│   │       └── smbg
│   ├── redux
│   │   ├── actions
│   │   ├── constants
│   │   └── reducers
│   ├── styles
│   └── utils
│       ├── apidocs
│       ├── settings
│       └── trends
├── stories
│   ├── components
│   │   ├── common
│   │   │   ├── controls
│   │   │   └── tooltips
│   │   ├── settings
│   │   └── trends
│   │       └── common
│   └── helpers
├── storybook
└── test
    ├── components
    │   ├── common
    │   │   ├── controls
    │   │   └── tooltip
    │   ├── settings
    │   │   └── common
    │   └── trends
    │       ├── cbg
    │       ├── common
    │       └── smbg
    ├── helpers
    ├── redux
    │   ├── actions
    │   └── reducers
    └── utils
        ├── settings
        └── trends

The core

All active, non-tooling code in the repository is contained in src/, and src/ has the following structure:

└── src
    ├── components
    ├── redux
    ├── styles
    └── utils

Redux directories

└── redux
    ├── actions
    ├── constants
    └── reducers

Within src/redux/, the actions/ and reducers/ contain the actions and reducers specific to the components in this component library. An index.js file in each of these directories exports the set of actions and a root reducer for a consuming application to import and consume via connect()ed components (in the case of actions) and by adding the reducer as a branch of the consuming application's state tree.

In both actions/ and reducers/, files should be grouped into sub-directories by "view" or located in a directory called common/ if the action(s) or reducer(s) is relevant to more than one view.

The src/redux/constants/ directory at present contains just the actionTypes.js file, which exports (as individual named exports) the action type constants for every action defined in actions/ as well as those of blip's actions that are relevant to the viz reducers.

React component directories

Within src/, the components/ directory contains the source for React components of various types and purposes.

Note that our convention for naming React component files is PascalCase: BGSlice, DailyContainer, &c.

By convention, React components that meet most or all of the following criteria are considered "container" components and named as such—e.g., TrendsContainer and CBGDateTracesAnimationContainer.

  • implemented as a class extension of React.Component or React.PureComponent (rather than a pure functional component)
  • needs only minimal or zero styles
  • primarily performs data munging or other "business logic" (or animation logic) in response to data (i.e., props) changes, potentially storing internal derived state as a result
  • renders other React components, not HTML or SVG elements

The distinction between a "container" and a "pure" component is admittedly a bit fuzzya, but generally the purpose of a container is to perform logic to prepare for rendering and then pass the resulting state to one or more stateless functional components for pure rendering. For example, for the trends view, the TrendsContainer determines the blood glucose and time domains on mount and on every update, preserving the current time domain in view and arrays of cbg and smbg currently in view (given the time domain) in its state. At the next level down, the TrendsSVGContainer sets up the rendering "canvas" (actually an SVG element) and scales for rendering (given the dimensions of the "canvas"). Another hallmark of "container" components is that they often do not have any associated styles since their purpose is computation and set up, not rendering.

For the most part, non-"container" components should be stateless and (albeit with some rare exceptions) coded as stateless functional components rather than ES6 classes extending React.Component or React.PureComponent.

Files should be grouped into sub-directories by "view" and where necessary (because of a large number of components) into further sub-directories by datatype.

Components used in more than one view should be located in common/. Examples of common components are controls like the BGM <-> CGM toggle used in both the basics and trends views and, potentially, animation containers like the header + child component (proposed for new device settings and potentially useful as well for sections in the basics view) that will slide the child component in and out on click of the header.

CSS particular to a component should be written using CSS modules and contained in a file in the same directory and with the same name as the component, substituting the .css suffix for .js.


views/ is a proposal for the eventual location of a top-level container component for each of blip's major data visualizations: (currently) basics, daily, weekly, trends, and device settings. A "view" will encompass more than just the rendered visualization; the navigation sub-header (currently containing links for navigating between views and arrows for navigating along the time dimension) and footer (containing options for some views like grouping for the smbg version of the trends view) will also be part of a top-level view component since some header and footer controls are specific to certain views or have specific behavior on certain views.



styles/ contains a few .css files with common styles to be used in CSS modules composes statements in the style files for individual components.


Complex logic should be factored out into utilities for ease of testing as much as possible. Our file naming convention for these is lowercase.js or camelCase lowercaseUtil.js if necessary.

In general, utilities should export individual constants, functions, &c, not use the ES6 export default.

React Storybook code

stories/ contains the React Storybook "stories" for ease of design-in-browser work where possible/relevant with some of our React components. The internal structure of the stories/ directory mirrors the internal structure of the src/ directory, in particular the React component directories.

storybook/ contains configuration files for React Storybook. This directory cannot be moved or renamed without changing React Storybook configuration options!

The test directory

The test/ directory mirrors the structure of src/. Our convention for naming test files is to use the same names but insert .test before the .js suffix. For example, the tests for a component BGSlice.js should be in a file named BGSlice.test.js. The tests for a datetime.js utility file should be in a file named datetime.test.js.

a. Hence our decision to give up on organizing containers in a src/containers/ directory distinct from src/components/.

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