Timeline feature: Front-end

Finally, let’s implement the Timeline feature front-end.


Create ./src/containers/Timeline.js and edit it.

touch ./src/containers/Timeline.js

Copy the contents of Timeline.js below and replace ./src/containers/Timeline.js with it.

The main points are the following:

Getting a Timeline

const getPosts = async (type, currentUser, nextToken = null) => {
  const res = await API.graphql(graphqlOperation(listTimelines, {
    userId: currentUser.username,
    sortDirection: 'DESC',
    limit: 20, //default = 10
    nextToken: nextToken,
  dispatch({ type: type, posts: _.map(res.data.listTimelines.items, 'post') })
  • AllPosts.js used listPosts, but this time you use listTimelines.
  • Specifying userId as username for the current login user.

Add reference to Timeline in Sidebar.js and App.js

Changes to App.js

Copy the contents of App.js below and replace ./src/App.js with it.

  • App.js (2 kb)
  • <HashRouter>
        <Route exact path='/' component={Timeline} />
        <Route exact path='/global-timeline' component={AllPosts} />
        <Route exact path='/:userId' component={PostsBySpecifiedUser}/>
        <Redirect path="*" to="/" />
    • Changed to render Timeline instead of AllPosts when accessing /.

    Sidebar.js Changes

    Copy the contents of Sidebar.js below and replace ./src/containers/Sidebar.js with it.

    The points are as follows:

    const onPost = async () => {
      /** Before
      const res = await API.graphql(graphqlOperation(createPost, { input: {
        type: 'post',
        content: value,
        timestamp: Date.now(),
      const res = await API.graphql(graphqlOperation(createPostAndTimeline, { content: value })); 
    • Call the newly created createPostAndTimeline instead of createPost.

    Applying to the Cloud

    Let’s apply this in the cloud. It takes several minutes to run.

    $ amplify publish

    If you execute $ amplify push or $ amplify publish while $amplify mock api is running, sometimes your command execution fail with error message: Parameters: [authRoleName] must have values. In that case, please interrupt the process of $amplify mock api with Ctrl+C, and then execute $amplify push or $amplify publish.

    Operation Check

    1. Access https://production.XXXXXXXXXXX.amplifyapp.com and log in (User A).
    2. Log in with another user (User B) using another browser.
    3. Before following each other’s accounts, make sure that their Post is only visible in the Global Timeline even after Posting.
    4. From the Global Timeline of User A, click on the Post icon for User B to follow User B.
    5. After following, do a Post as User B and make sure that User B’s Post is displayed on the Timeline of User A.

    Currently, only Posts created after following are displayed in Timeline. If you want the Post to be displayed in the Timeline before you follow it, you need an implementation like replicating Post to Timeline after FollowRelationship Mutation is triggered. (This can be achieved by implementing @function or Amazon DynamoDB Streams with $ amplify add function)

    Now, even after you unfollow, posts displayed in the Timeline remain whether you follow or unfollow. If you want to remove a user’s Post from the Timeline after unfollowing it, you need an implementation of the deletion of the unfollowed user’s Post from the Timeline. (This can be achieved by implementing @function or Amazon DynamoDB Streams with $ amplify add function)