A porting effort to move cchits.net from my own custom framework to a laravel based one.
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CCHits.net Remastered... again!


Yep, that's right folks. CCHits.net version 2 is getting to be unmaintainable now, and we're a couple of years after the last release. Frankly, the world of PHP development has moved on (arguably, it had moved on when I wrote V2, but... let's not go there!) and CCHits.net needs to be maintainable, and Laravel seems to be the best bet for me right now.

So, this repo contains the migration effort to move away from my own custom-written framework, and use a standards compliant, accessible, testable framework, with more than one user developing it.

Hacking on the code

Developer Requirements

The following are the "standard tools" being used to develop CCHits.laravel. If you're playing along at home, these instructions assume you're using Ubuntu. Follow the links to the package if you need help getting these in and your distribution/OS of choice isn't Ubuntu.

  • Vagrant

    if [ uname -i == 'x86_64' ]; then wget curl -s http://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html | sed 's/\s/\n/g' | grep x86_64.deb | cut -c 7- | cut --delimiter=\" -f 1 -O vagrant.deb; sudo dpkg -i vagrant.deb; else wget curl -s http://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html | sed 's/\s/\n/g' | grep i686.deb | cut -c 7- | cut --delimiter=\" -f 1 -O vagrant.deb; sudo dpkg -i vagrant.deb; fi

  • Virtualbox

    sudo apt-get install virtualbox

  • Ansible

    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ansible/ansible sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ansible

  • git

    apt-get install git

Getting the code running locally

First, clone the repo into your own user tree at GitHub - here we'll assume your username is JonTheNiceGuy :)

git clone git@github.com:JonTheNiceGuy/cchits.laravel cchits
cd cchits/Vagrant
vagrant up

This pulls down the code from Github's servers, then fires it up. Depending on your local machine's configuration, it's likely to ask you which interface you want to "bridge" across. This is because it wants to get an IP address from your DHCP server, so you can visit http://laravel (assuming your DHCP server also ties into your DNS resolver). If it doen't "just work", from the same directory, once it's finished booting and provisioning (you'll get some text about "playbook finished") type vagrant ssh then ifconfig and it'll tell you what the IP address of the device is, at which point you can visit that via your browser instead.

As of right now, the repo is pretty bare, with little more than the boilerplate laravel build, plus a couple of tweaks suggested by the Laracasts.com site... oh, and the Vagrant/Ansible config that's bringing this lot together right now.

I hope you get a chance to play with this, and hopefully make some suggestions!

All the best,

Jon "The Nice Guy" Spriggs show@cchits.net