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The Faster Scale App

An online version of Michael Dye's Faster Relapse Awareness Scale

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Getting Started

These instructions will help you get a local installation set up for development and testing purposes. See the deployment instructions for how to deploy this to a live system.


  • PHP >= 7.1
  • Composer
  • A SASS compiler. We recommend the npm project node-sass. Once npm is installed on your machine type npm i node-sass -g.
  • PostgreSQL 9.1 or later (Theoretically any type of SQL compatible with Yii2's ActiveRecord might work, but we've only tested this on PostgreSQL)


  • Clone this repo with:
    git clone && cd fasterscale
  • Install necessary dependencies with:
    composer install --dev
  • Execute the init file ./init --env=Development with the environment set to Development option
  • Edit site/config/main-local.php and add a cookie validation key in the $config variable
$config = [ 
  'components' => [
    'request' => [
      'cookieValidationKey' => 'devcookiekey'
    [...other good stuff...]
  • Edit common/config/main-local.php and edit the default database connection information in the $config variable
$config = [ 
    'db' => [
      'class' => 'yii\db\Connection',
      'dsn' => '[DB_CONNECTION_STRING]',
      'username' => '[DB_USERNAME]',
      'password' => '[DB_PASSWORD]',
      'charset' => 'utf8',
    [...other good stuff...]
  • run all yii2 db migrations ./yii migrate
  • startup local PHP server with composer start
  • visit http://localhost:8080/signup and create a new user
  • log in, start working

Running the Tests

Testing is provided by Codeception unit tests. The necessary libraries should have already been installed by Composer. First, the testing files must be scaffolded by running:

composer test-scaffold

To run the tests, ensure you're in the base directory of this repository and execute:

composer test

To view the code coverage of these tests run: (XDebug is required for generation of code coverage)

composer test-coverage


We have built-in support for minimizing JS and CSS assets. The following steps should be sufficient:

  1. Install the the npm packages uglify-js and uglifycss via npm install uglify-js uglifycss -g
  2. Swap the commented and uncommented code blocks in site/config/bundles-local.php
  3. Run the asset compression by executing composer assets

That should result the browser downloading published asset bundles instead of each JS/CSS file individually.


This application is deployed live on using Capistrano. A recipe for that can be found in config/deploy.rb. Additional instructions will be added in the near future.


This application is under the BSD-3 license. See for details.

The FASTER Relapse Awareness Scale is copyrighted by Michael Dye and Patricia Fancher. We have been granted permission to use it.


Want to contribute? Wonderful! We're excited to hear any and every idea you have about the Faster Scale App. If you're struggling to come up with a task of your own to work on, take a look at our issues list and feel free to tackle any of the unassigned issues.


Questions can be answered by filing an issue on this project or by joining our mailing list: