🔼 Repl Talk Badges | Serverless + Web Scraping + TS = 🤯
Repl Talk Badges are a set of simple, dynamic images that display the number of upvotes on your Repl Talk posts! You can add badges to markdown files (e.g. a GitHub README page) or to any website to link back to your post and incentivize more upvotes.
These badges are mainly inspired by those from Product Hunt - you can see how people use them on landing pages to promote their products, and you can do the same to promote your posts on Repl Talk!
Want to see it in action? Upvote this post, reload the page, and see the image below update right before your eyes (you may have to clear your cache first though) 😉
This is how the badge is used with markdown:
and with HTML:
Also, it comes in 3 other styles:
Plus, you can customize the labels and fonts too.
Here's a summary of all the different options:
|id||Integer||Yes||-||Repl Talk post ID, located in post URL|
|featuredOn||String||No||Alternate text for upper label|
|replTalk||String||No||Alternate text for lower label|
&type=.svg to the end of the URL if using the badge on Repl Talk. This is a hacky fix since Replit requires file extensions like
.png to properly render images.
👉 To make your own, scroll down or go to create-replit-badge.now.sh!
How it works
Much of the microservice itself owes to AnandChowdhary/hackerbadge, which was an excellent starting point for this project (it uses TypeScript too, which is pretty neat). The API is powered by serverless functions and hosted on Vercel, meaning it doesn't rely on a dedicated server). With every request, the Repl Talk post of choosing is scraped using Axios and Cheerio to fetch upvotes in real time. The badges themselves are scalable vector graphics (SVG), designed in Figma.
The badge generator, which you can try out below, is just a Next.js site using the Geist UI component library. You can export badges in markdown or HTML.
That's all! I hope this will make the Repl Talk community more awesome than it already is, and I can't wait to see what you do with it!
👉 If you liked this, leave a star on GitHub at https://github.com/googol88/repltalk-badge! Pull requests are welcome :)