[KnackSteem] - UI Upgrades and Error Messages

3년 전

This PR adds some additional features from the todo list of KnackSteem, several UI upgrades, bugfixes and visible error messages for the user.

Repository & Pull Request


About knacksteem.org

"Do you have any talent? If yes! then KnackSteem is for you."
"Rewards people with talents, it can be any talent, anything you know how to do best is highly welcome on the platform."

Technology Stack

  • JavaScript ES6+ with Babel
  • React + Redux
  • Ant Design

Main Changes / New Features

  • Deleting does not just happen anymore, there is a PopConfirm dialog now before articles or comments get deleted.
  • There is a loader animation for the delete operation now, and upvotes show up immediately instead of waiting for the backend return.
  • Avatar images are not stretched anymore if they are not square. Also, there is an avatar images for the logged in user in the header now.
  • Categories are not hardcoded in the client code anymore, they get loaded from the server on startup.
  • Searching for articles happens server side now, before it was only possible to search through the loaded ones.
  • console.log entries have been changed to error messages visible to the user (with Ant Design messages).
  • The favicon got replaced by the KnackSteem icon - it was the React icon before.
  • SteemConnect happens through a cached JavaScript module now (aka Singleton).
  • Bugfixes: The sidebar background height is 100% now. Menu items are highlighted correctly after programmatic route changes.


Header with tooltip


Delete confirmation


Error messages



Loading categories from the server was actually planned from the beginning, there was an array in a Redux reducer already that just gets popuplated with a Redux action now:

 * get categories from server
export const getCategories = () => {
  return async (dispatch) => {
    try {
      let response = await apiGet('/categories');
        type: types.CATEGORIES_GET,
        payload: response.data.results
    } catch (error) {
      message.error('error getting categories');


The Avatar component of Ant Design does not work with non-square images, so I have used a custom container to include them as backround image. This is the CSS to fit the image correctly:

.avatar {
  display: inline-block;
  background-size: cover;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  background-position: 50% 50%;
  border-radius: 50%;
  width: 32px;
  height: 32px;
  vertical-align: middle;
  margin-right: 5px;


...and this an example of the simple custom container:

<div className="avatar" style={{backgroundImage: `url(${data.authorImage})`}} />


PopConfirm works by just putting the component around another element. You can specify what function will get called if the user confirms the dialog. Of course, nothing will happen if he clicks "No":

<Popconfirm title="Are you sure?" onConfirm={this.onDeleteClick} key="action-delete">


Error handling is a big part in this PR, the backend server handles a lot of stuff but you don´t even need to hit the backend if the user made some obvious errors. The Editor component includes a function to check for missing elements before posting/editing articles or comments now:

//check for correct input before posting/editing
checkFieldErrors = () => {
  const {title, value, tags} = this.state;
  const {isComment} = this.props;
  const {categories} = this.props.articles;
  let error = false;

  //check if title is existing
  if (!isComment && !title.length) {
    message.error('title is missing');
    error = true;
  //check if there is something in the rich text editor
  if (!value.getEditorState().getCurrentContent().hasText()) {
    message.error('content is missing');
    error = true;
  //check if the second tag is one of the predefined categories
  if (!isComment && categories.map(elem => elem.key).indexOf(tags[1]) === -1) {
    message.error('second tag must be one of the predefined categories');
    error = true;

  return error;


SteemConnect got initialized for every single operation, so I moved it to a cached module (aka Singleton):

import sc2 from 'sc2-sdk';
import Config from '../config';

const api = sc2.Initialize({
  app: 'knacksteem.app',
  callbackURL: Config.SteemConnect.callbackURL,
  scope: Config.SteemConnect.scope

export default api;


Now you can just import the module and directly use it without initialization. The access_token gets set in the login action:



Error messages can be shown to users easily with the message component of Ant Design. You just import it and then use it like this somewhere in your code:

message.error('my error message');

(See Screenshots)

Ant Design was a good choice, appearently :)


  • The possibility to upload images in the editor needs to be implemented.
  • Maybe some bugfixing?

How to contribute?

Talk to @knowledges (or me) :)

My GitHub Account: https://github.com/ateufel

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