James Bateson Personal Site: Project

Is Veggie Man Here?

As side projects go, this is probably up there with the most pointless and niche. However, it was a good exercise in building something from scratch using some modern ES6 features, and also some more (much needed) practice with JavaScript date/time.

Project Background permalink

As anyone from Lancaster will know, every Wednesday and Saturday the street market comes to town, bringing an eclectic mix of stalls selling crafts, local produce, and food to go. The pick of these food stalls is without a doubt the halloumi and falafel wrap stall, affectionately known as 'Veggie Man'.

However, there's nothing more disappointing in life that walking to the market, only to find that he's not here that week. So this site aims to help you avoid that crushing feeling by pre-empting whether he'll be there or not on that day.

Carrot, lettuce, onions, tomatoes?

How does it work? permalink

In short, very simply!

It's checking if the current date is either Wednesday or Saturday, then if the config object has isHeHere: true show a certain message, if not show another. There are a couple of more rules - if it's not a market day and if the market has finished.

The coolest feature I got a chance to use here was the Fetch API. The fetch() method provides a way to fetch resources asynchronously across the network. Here's how I used it:

.then(obj => {
	return obj.json();
.then(objConfig => {
    // Message to display logic here 
.catch(err => {

When fetching my config file (where isHeHere is set) it returns a promise which contains the response from the file/url as a responnse object. We need to then get the JSON from this response.

From there we can then define our properties

const { isHeHere, isHeHereSpecial } = objConfig;

And then use to check against our dates.

Any plans for this project? permalink

Yes. Currently to update whether Veggie Man is Here. I need to manually update the config, push to the repo which runs a Netlify build. However, I'd like this to be more of an automatic process. Maybe a separate page that I can use a button on to set the config value, or maybe even Veggie Man himself could update!