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ADI is the tech club at Columbia. The ADI website is built on Eventum, a content management system for an event-driven blog that syncs with Google Calendar.

First-Time Setup

The ADI website runs natively on Linux and OSX. To get it up an running, follow these steps:

  1. Generate secrets files: Download the ADI website secrets from GitHub. Unzip the folder, and copy its contents into the config directory.

    If the link gives a 404 error, ask someone within the ADI GitHub organization for access

  2. Install MongoDB (Ubuntu Linux, OSX).

    On OSX, you may have to run mkdir /data /data/db before you can run mongod without errors.

  3. Install VirtualEnv:

    sudo pip install virtualenv
  4. Install SASS gem gem install sass

    Otherwise, you will see an intermittent OSError


./                  # Setup MongoDB, Virtualenv, and Pip
source bin/activate           # Enter the virtual environment
source config/     # Set your enviornment variables to "development"
python                 # Run the application

Finally, go to localhost:5000 in your web browser.

Disabling Google Auth

It is possible to run Eventum without logging in using Google+ or authenticating with Google Calendar. To do so, edit config/ and change the line:




Then, reset the environment variables:

source config/     # Set your enviornment variables to "development"

Developing with Eventum

Eventum is the content management system (CMS) that we use to create and edit events, blog posts, user accounts, and more. Eventum is a python package that lives at a different GitHub repository. If you want to make changes to our admin interface (anything at under /admin), you will have to work on both repositories at the same time. Here's how:

  1. Clone both repositories from the same folder. You will now have an adi-website folder and an eventum folder next to each other.

  2. Open two terminal windows:

    Terminal window 1

    cd adi-website
    ./                  # Setup MongoDB, Virtualenv, and Pip
    source bin/activate           # Enter the virtual environment
    source config/     # Set your enviornment variables
    cd ../eventum
    python develop       # Use this local version of Eventum.

    This last command will run once and exit. But if it runs without errors, ADI Website will use the local version of the eventum package. If you make changes in the /eventum folder, they will be reflected live.

    Terminal window 2

    cd adi-website
    source bin/activate           # Enter the virtual environment
    python                 # Run the ADI Website.


Note: In order to deploy the ADI website, you must have SSH access to our DigitalOcean server (instructions below).

First, add our DigitalOcean server as a Git remote:

git remote add deploy adi-website:~/adi-website.git

Then, you should be able to deploy using Git:

git push deploy master

Getting SSH Access

  1. You need SSH keys. Check for existing keys and if you don't have an ~/.ssh/id_rsa file and a ~/.ssh/ file, create them.

  2. Next, create or edit ~/.ssh/config. Add the following lines:

    Host adi-website
      User root
      IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

    This creates an ssh alias called adi-website, that allows us to easily log into this server.

  3. Next, send your public key (~/.ssh/ to someone who has access to the server.

    Protip, you can type cat ~/.ssh/ | pbcopy to copy it to your clipboard.

  4. On the server, they should append your public key to the ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file.

  5. Then you should be done! To test it out, try logging in:

    ssh adi-website

    You shouldn't need any password or any additional steps.

How our deployment works:

Here's a short intro into what happens when you type git push deploy master.

  1. The lastest changes are pushed to our DigitalOcean server, into a git repo located at ~/adi-website.git.
  2. Once that git repo receives the changes, it runs a script we wrote, called ~/adi-website.git/hooks/post-receive. This script copies the latest changes into the folder where the live code is (/srv/adi-website/www/).
  3. Then, that script changes directory to the root of our project, and runs ./, which kills the live docker container, and builds a new one with the new code.


Warning: Our tests need some love, and may be broken...

Tests live in the test directory, and can be run via nosetests. We also use flake8 for linting .py files.

First, enter your development environment. See "Developing" for more. Then, run the tests:

flake8 app config test script   # Run the flake8 linter on our python files
nosetests --with-progressive    # Run test scripts

About ADI Website

Tech Stack

Organization / Structure

├── .travis.yml      # Configurations for Travis-CI continuous integration
├── app              # All code related to the running of the app
│   ├── routes       # All Flask routes, using Blueprints
│   ├── static       # Static files.  Note: All files in here are public
│   │   ├── css      # CSS
│   │   │   ├── lib  # CSS libraries
│   │   │   └── gen  # CSS generated from SCSS
│   │   ├── img      # Images
│   │   ├── js       # JavaScript files
│   │   └── scss     # Stylesheets
│   ├── templates    # HTML templates
│   └──  # All app-wide setup.  Called by ``
├── config           # Configuration files
├── data             # Backup data
├──        # Run by our deployment server to deploy a new version
├──       # Used for non-Vagrant local Development
├── Dockerfile       # Holds Docker configurations
├──        # Various scripts. Run `python` to view usage
├──           # Runs the app!
├── script           # Scripts run by `` outside of the app
└── test             # Unit tests