lost in spaghetti land

I’m having a hard time reasoning about what should go where and who should do what in this system.

As an example superhappyfuntimes needs a database of games for the game gallery. Each game needs things like “Name”, “Description”, “id” and then what? By that I mean for example if I have a URL to a repo I could figure out the id. The id will be in the repo’s root folder “package.json” file.

Or I could instead have just an “id”−>“repo” map. Then I don’t need to look in the “package.json” file. But, now that data is in 2 places. In other words if I have an “id”=”mario” that points to some repo “http://mydomain.com/sonic.git” then I look inside the package.json file in that repo and see the “id”=”sonic”. Oops?

I guess that’s part of the problem with this distributed system. I have to trust people not to mess it up. At the time I wrote this you send a “repo” url to superhappyfuntimes. It goes and reads the package.json file as well as the releases. It then saves that data on superhappyfuntimes something like

  "gameId": "Qurby",
  "gameType": "html",
  "name": "Qurby's Fun Times",
  "description": "Qurby with Attitude",
  "repoUrl": "https://github.com/greggman/qurby.git",
  "versions": [
      "version": "v1.2.3",
      "notes": "",
      "releaseUrl": "https://github.com/greggman/qurby/releases/v1.2.3/qurby.zip"

Now there’s an issue though. When I go to install it happyFunTimes will ask superhappyfuntimes for that info. It will then download qurby.zip from that url but inside that zip it might say it’s actually a different game. This is arguably no different than I’m guessing Google Play or the App Store. A game might say in the store its id is “com.someCompany.someApp” but the apk itself might say it’s “com.otherThing.otherApp”. I’m sure their stores check the packages match their ids but being distributed I can’t do that before the fact. I can only do it after.

Similarly since I’m not hosting the files that releaseUrl might no longer exist. Maybe that’s ok. I’ll certainly print an error. I’m thinking maybe I should run some script that checks all the releaseUrls once in a while to see if they are still valid. If not remove them from the gallery.

I suppose ideally I’d download them and serve them myself but that would cost money.

Fixing the wrong bug.
Taking things for granted