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Omar Hussein
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Implementing a Custom Context Menu in Vue.js

Crafting a user-friendly interface is a constant task that requires ongoing refinement. As part of a project I've been recently enjoying working on, I decided to enhance FileBrowser with a new user-interface feature by introducing a custom context menu. This addition aims to empower users with quick access to relevant actions and streamlining their interaction with the application and making feel a lot more like a real file browser you would get on a desktop.

Task Overview:

My goal is to create a custom context menu that dynamically appears in the bottom right corner of the screen upon a user's right-click. This context menu will not only cater to the specific needs of the FileBrowser project but will also intelligently adjust its position to stay within the viewport.

Preparing for the Feature Addition:

Understanding FileBrowser Requirements:

Start by thoroughly understanding the FileBrowser project's current structure and user interface. Identify areas where a context menu would provide valuable functionality, such as file management actions or navigation shortcuts.

Creating a Custom Vue Component:

Design a Vue component responsible for the custom context menu. This component should encapsulate the menu's structure, styling, and behavior. Utilize the template, script, and style sections to keep your code organized.

Defining Context Menu Options:

Identify the specific actions the context menu should offer. These should map directly to the operations that are available in the header menu of FileBrowser to make access to these operations easier. Each option should have a label, possibly an icon, and a corresponding callback function.

Handling Dynamic Positioning Logic:

Implement logic to dynamically calculate the context menu's position. Account for factors such as window dimensions, menu dimensions, and cursor coordinates. This ensures the menu remains visible and accessible within the user's viewport.

Integration with Golang Backend:

If required, establish communication between the Vue.js frontend and the Golang backend of FileBrowser. Define API endpoints for backend interactions triggered by context menu actions.

Thorough Testing:

Rigorously test the custom context menu component across various scenarios. Verify its responsiveness, correct positioning, and the proper execution of each menu option. Conduct integration tests to ensure seamless communication with the backend.

Documentation and Code Comments:

Document the Vue component and describe how to use it, customize it, and the integration with the FileBrowser backend. Include clear code comments to aid future developers in understanding and maintaining the context menu functionality.

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