Using SvelteKit to build a Community Ranking Ladder

To make products people use, one needs some frontend skills. Historically, frontend is a weakness of mine and I've been constrained to clunky CLIs and APIs to get what I want to do done. No longer! Last week I sat myself down and read the Svelte and SvelteKit documentation front to back. Since learning in software happens when you build something, I decided to build a leaderboard website for my latest obsession, Yomi Hustle.

Yomi Hustle: A turn based fighting game where you and one other player duke it out in a battle of wits.

The Leaderboard

You can find the Yomi Hustle leaderboard here.

Yomi Hustle Leaderboard

Simple and to the point, but this taught me a lot about making modern websites with a Javascript frontend framework like SvelteKit. Let's dive into what is required to make this page.

The Development Toolchain

My dependencies for this website include Svelte, SvelteKit, tailwindcss, and DaisyUI.

  • Svelte is my UI Framework. I use Svelte to manipulate what is on the webpage at any given time.
  • SvelteKit is my Application Framework. SvelteKit chooses what page should be shown to a user and uses Svelte itself for the rendering. Sveltekit provides functionality like routing to show different svelte pages for things like /about and /users.
  • Tailwind CSS is a CSS framework that enables you dictate your styling on the HTML elements themselves, without needing to hand write CSS.
  • DaisyUI is a UI component library that uses Tailwind to give you pre-styled HTML components for things like buttons, tables, navbars, etc.

Getting Started

To create the skeleton for my project, I followed the setup instructions provided by SvelteKit, TailwindCSS, and DaisyUI. If you want to mimic this setup with simple an npm i, feel free to clone my Github repo with this skeleton.

npm create svelte@latest yomi-rankings
cd yomi-rankings
npm i
npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer svelte-preprocess
npm i tailwindcss/typography
Installation steps for a new project

When creating the SvelteKit app, I opted into using TypeScript.

import adapter from '@sveltejs/adapter-auto';
import preprocess from 'svelte-preprocess';

/** @type {import('@sveltejs/kit').Config} */
const config = {
	// Consult
	// for more information about preprocessors
	preprocess: preprocess({ postcss: true }),

	kit: {
		adapter: adapter()

export default config;
/** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
module.exports = {
  content: ['./src/**/*.{html,js,svelte,ts}'],
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  plugins: [require("@tailwindcss/typography"), require('daisyui')],

Making the Leaderboard

Dynamically loading data is really easy in Svelte. Let's look at how I made the homepage photographed above.

<script lang="ts">
	import Leaderboard from '$lib/Leaderboard.svelte';

<div class="p-4 grid grid-cols-12 gap-2">
	<div class="col-span-12 lg:col-start-3 lg:col-span-8">
		<Leaderboard />

I'll skip over the boring parts of <Leaderboard /> and show the key bits.

	import { onMount } from 'svelte';
	import HustlerCard from './HustlerCard.svelte';
	import type { PlayerRating } from './types/types';

	export let hustlers: PlayerRating[] = [];
	onMount(async () => {
			.then((res) => res.json())
			.then((data) => {
				hustlers = data;
<script> portion of routes/+page.svelte
{#each hustlers as hustler, i (i)}
 <tr class="hover">
  <th>{i + 1}</th>
   <HustlerCard name={} id={} />
Logic to render all the hustler ratings in routes/+page.svelte

Now let's look at what this mysterious /api/leaderboard is.

import type { PlayerRating } from '$lib/types/types';
import { error } from '@sveltejs/kit';
import type { RequestHandler } from './$types';

export const GET: RequestHandler = async () => {
    const response = await fetch('', {
        method: 'GET',
        headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    let json: PlayerRating[] = await response.json();
    return new Response(JSON.stringify(json));
/routes/api/leaderboard/+server.ts - Where I transparently call an endpoint provided by one of the members of the Yomi Hustle discord server

These pieces together comprise what you see when you visit You might have noticed that I am using Vercel for hosting.

It really is that Easy! This writeup is not means to be a tutorial, but just an overview on how I created this dashboard over the course of a work-session one weekend. If you click on any user's name you can see their match history too!

The Match History for the top ranked Hustler as of 2022-11-28

If you have any questions about specific implementation details, reach out to me at contact [at] I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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