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Bubble as a backend
By Robert Brooks, Founder & CEO, MVP.dev
Various members of the Bubble ecosystem contributed these use case-oriented database guides. There's always more than one way to do something in Bubble, but the advice here can help you get started if you're new to Bubble!
In this guide, Bubble.io will be used as a backend service with an Arduino board to capture sensor data for a pump in a remote area. The module will monitor the pump and receive alerts if the pump fails or if the sensor data indicates a problem, and send the data back via satellite communication. The data captured by the Arduino board will be saved in Bubble.io using REST API calls, as well as storing configuration data. The module can also be used to remotely control the pump, turning it on or off as needed.
Bubble is great in these sorts of backend as a service scenarios for quick proof of concept builds, or even production ready solutions. Create the data types and making them available via API is extremely quick and easy

Data types recommended

The Bubble backend solution will be storing configuration information, pump status data, as well as time series data for the historical record of each pump. Data types will be Users, Pumps, Configurations, Alerts, and Pump History

Users

The users data type stores information about the users that have access to the Bubble platform to make configuration changes, turn the pumps on and off, monitor alerts, and view historical data.

Suggested fields on this type

  • Email - text
  • First Name - text
  • Last Name – text
  • Role – Roles: Option set that defines the access level the user has to in the database and app; this will be used for the privacy rules of many other data types
  • And any other fields that might be relevant for platform users

Privacy rules for this data type

  • Users can:
  • View all fields except the following:
  • Slug
  • Created Date
  • Modified Date
  • Find this in searches
  • View attached files
  • Users with the Admin role can view all fields for all users, as well as find in searches, and view attached files

Pumps

A pump is the unit being controlled in the field to monitor pumps, send commands, and capture alerts.

Suggested fields on this type

  • Name – text
  • Location – text: lat/long coordinates of the pump; alternatively, this could be stores as a geographic address if that’s granular enough for our use case
  • Status - text
  • Active – yes/no

Privacy rules for this data type

  • Users with the Pump Tech and Pump Admin roles can:
  • View all fields except the following:
  • Created Date
  • Modified Date
  • Find this in searches
  • View attached files

Configurations

Configuration settings for each pump. Though this could be included in the Pumps data type, we’re using a separate data type so that a group of pumps can have the same configurations and for learning purposes.

Suggested fields on this type

  • Name – text
  • Pumps – List of Pumps: A list of pumps to which these configurations apply
  • Schedule – date range: time the pump will turn on and off
  • PercentOpen – number: number from 0-100 to determine how much the pump may be throttled
  • Threshold – number: fault tolerance before an alert is triggered
  • Active – yes/no

Privacy rules for this data type

  • Users with the Pump Tech and Pump Admin roles can:
  • View all fields except the following:
  • Created Date
  • Modified Date
  • Find this in searches
  • View attached files

Alerts

Info about alerts triggered by a pump are stored here.

Suggested fields on this type

  • Pump – Pumps: The pump that generated the alert
  • Description – text
  • Alert Type: Alert Types: Option set for the type of alert triggered
  • Severity: number: A range of 1 – 5 that is sent by the Arduino controller that measures the severity of the alert

Privacy rules for this data type

  • Users with the Pump Tech and Pump Admin roles can:
  • View all fields except the following:
  • Created Date
  • Modified Date
  • Find this in searches
  • View attached files

Pump History

Pumps are polled hourly and the information is stored here for future reference.

Suggested fields on this type

  • Pump – Pumps: The pump this record belongs to
  • Title – text
  • Description - text: This stores whatever information you want to log each hour

Privacy rules for this data type

  • Users with the Pump Tech and Pump Admin roles can:
  • View all fields except the following:
  • Created Date
  • Modified Date
  • Find this in searches
  • View attached files

Option sets recommended

Roles

  • Pump Tech
  • Pump Admin
  • Administrator
Sets the access level the user has to the platform

Alert Types

  • Pump On
  • Pump Off
  • Pump Failure
  • Pump Warning
List of alerts the pumps can generate

Additional notes

There are unlimited scenarios and use cases for using Bubble as a backend. From API Management, to BLE RFID data storage, to unmonitored task execution, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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Data types recommended
Users
Pumps
Configurations
Alerts
Pump History
Option sets recommended
Roles
Alert Types
Additional notes
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