Now that we have the foundation of our app in Twitterus.js, let's get an idea of what we are building before we start coding. Here, we will break down our app and familiarize you with the files included in the started kit.

What we're building

Our Twitterus app will have 4 panels or Sections, each with multiple tweets. These sections will be displayed between a Header and Footer in the area that we'll call Swapper. The Swapper will move sections on and off the stage based on the Nav Buttons clicked in the Footer. As we swap out sections, our header will update with the corresponding section Title.

Visualizing Twitterus

The image below outlines the final version of our app in both scene graph and layout representations. Pay attention to how the nodes (circles) in the scene graph correspond to the elements (rectangles) in the layout.


If you focus on the scene graph representation, you'll notice that there are three child nodes extending from Twitterus: Header, Swapper, and Footer. These scene graph nodes will carry our three main areas, all of which we'll construct through JavaScript classes. Looking ahead, we will also create classes for Sections, Tweets and NavButtons, and then break all of them out into separate files that we will refer to as modules.

Check out the files

If you inspect the src/twitterus folder of the starter project, you'll see that the files correspond to the classes that we're going to build. Each file or module will be responsible for constructing different elements of the app. Read through the comments below to understand the role of each.

Footer.js     // This will create 4 Nav Buttons 
Header.js     // This will create a single title element
index.js      // This will create Twitterus
Section.js    // This will create many Tweets
Swapper.js    // This will create 4 Sections
Tweet.js      // This will create a single random message
Twitterus.js  // This will create Header, Swapper, and Footer sections
NavButton.js  // This will create a Nav Button
Data.json     // This will hold the example data

Let's start by building out the Twitterus class to set up the scaffolding for our Header, Footer and Swapper classes.

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