by jkutner

GitHub Readme.md


This repository contains the StackOverflow search example described in Extending your Slack Bot — Part 1: Commands. This example demonstrates use of the Atomist API via the @atomist/automation-client node module.


Enroll the Atomist bot in your Slack team

Add to Slack


You will need to have Node.js installed. To verify that the right versions are installed, please run:

$ node -v
$ npm -v

Cloning the repository and installing dependencies

To get started run the following commands to clone the project, install its dependencies, and build the project:

$ git clone git@github.com:atomist-blogs/sof-command.git
$ cd sof-command
$ npm install
$ npm run build

Configuring your environment

If this is the first time you will be running an Atomist API client locally, you should first configure your system using the atomist config script:

$ `npm bin`/atomist config

The script does two things: records what Slack team you want your automations running in and creates a GitHub personal access token with "read:org" scope.

You must run the automations in a Slack team of which you are a member. You can get your Slack team ID by typing team in a DM to the Atomist Bot. If you do not supply the Slack team ID on the command line, the script will prompt you to enter it.

The config script will prompt you for your GitHub credentials. It needs them to create the GitHub personal access token. Atomist does not store your credentials and only writes the token to your local machine.

The Atomist API client sends GitHub personal access token when connecting to the Atomist API. The Atomist API will use the token to confirm you are who you say you are and are in a GitHub org connected to the Slack team in which you are running the automations.

Starting up the automation-client

To start the client, run the following command:

$ npm run autostart

Invoking a command handler from Slack

This project contains the code to create and respond to a simple search so bot command. The code that defines the bot command and implements responding to the command, i.e., the command handler, can be found in SearchStackOverflow.ts. Once you have your local automation client running (the previous step in this guide), you can invoke the command handler by sending the Atomist bot the command in any channel of your Slack team:

@atomist search so q="<some query>"

Once you've submitted the command in Slack, you'll see the incoming and outgoing messages show up in the logs of your locally running automation-client. Ultimately, you should see the response from the bot in Slack.

Feel free to modify the code in the SearchStackOverflow command handler, restart your local automation client, and see what happens!


Deploy to Heroku


General support questions should be discussed in the #support channel in our community Slack team at atomist-community.slack.com.

If you find a problem, please create an issue.


You will need to install node to build and test this project.

Build and Test

Command Reason npm install to install all the required packages npm start to start the Atomist automation client npm run autostart run the client, refreshing when files change npm run lint to run tslint against the TypeScript npm run compile to compile all TypeScript into JavaScript npm test to run tests and ensure everything is working npm run autotest run tests continuously npm run clean remove stray compiled JavaScript files and build directory


To create a new release of the project, simply push a tag of the form M.N.P where M, N, and P are integers that form the next appropriate semantic version for release. The version in the package.json must match the tag. For example:

$ git tag -a 1.2.3
$ git push --tags

The Travis CI build (see badge at the top of this page) will publish the NPM module and automatically create a GitHub release using the tag name for the release and the comment provided on the annotated tag as the contents of the release notes.

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