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/programmes version 3. Finally.

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Then perform npm install

To perform the development tasks npm run gulp

To perform the dist tasks (for ci) npm run gulp-ci

To watch for file changes npm run watch

Composer and cache:clear

The problem: If you run composer install then will be executed a group of console commands. One of these is bin/console cache:clear. This command try to connect to Redis server in localhost, so composer consider that redis server is in the environment in which is executed, but is only inside the VM, giving errors. Neither Composer nor cache:clear accept options to handle this in a better way.

Replication: If you try to run the clear:cache console command (with composer install) from outside de VM you will have you an error as we cannot connect to redis inside the VM using composer from outside.

Solution: run composer install inside the VM.


Updating translation files with new placeholders

This is a two step process. You need to update both the programmes.pot template and the English translation file. Sorry, but that's the way GetText expects you to work.

To add an entry

Open translations/programmes.pot and add your new entry.

#.The English translation
msgid "my_shiny_new_entry"
msgstr ""

The comment should contain the full english translation and is needed as guidance for translators in other languages.

msgid can only contain the characters [A-Za-z0-9_:-]. This is a limitation of our translate-tool app and not the PO file format itself.

Entries in the template file should be in alphabetical order. This is so that we can reduce the potential for merge noise, allowing us to focus on specific changes rather than automatic re-ordering. You must either add your entries in the correct order, or add them all at the bottom, then run script/ to move them into the correct ordering.

After saving the template file, run script/ to add the new entries to all translation files. Then edit the en.po file and add your english translation.

#.The English translation
msgid "my_shiny_new_entry"
msgstr "The English translation"

To remove an entry

Remove the entry from the programmes.pot template and run script/

Updating translation files with new translations (supplied by a translator in .po format)

There's a script that does most of this for you - For example, to update the Welsh translation file (language code "cy") from a new file supplied by a translator:

./script/ ~/Downloads/new-translations-cy_GB.po cy

Once you've done that, you'll probably want to run a diff to check everything is OK and remove any superfluous headers added by the .po editor by hand. But the script should take care of any changes in ordering or new/wrong entries that may have been added by the translator's .po editor. It uses msgmerge from the command line internally.


There is a long-lived (hopefully) profiling branch named profiling-build which brings in tideways (basically xhprof updated for PHP7), a GUI and a few other things which you can run on Cosmos INT. It uses to setup the profiling. Got to that repository to see the available configuration options.

How to do this: Checkout the profiling-build branch, rebase it on master and deploy this branch to INT. This assumes that the code you want to profile is on master of course.

Visit /whatever/your/route/is?__profile=1 (Note the double underscore). Load that at least 5 times to make sure that everything that should be cached is cached. Now visit /xhprof/xhprof_html/index.php . You should see a list of your visits along with a load of metrics on execution.

Fixtures and scenarios

The codebase has the ability to switch to a fixture database and a set of fixtured HTTP calls dynamically on the INT and TEST environments.

To load a scenario, simply visit the fixtured page with the query string __scenario=scenario-name in the URL

To view a page using the fixture database (but not fixtured HTTP calls) use the query string __scenario=browse

To create a scenario/fixtures there are a few steps. Firstly you will need to create a file named "fixture.ini" in the script folder on your cloud sandbox. Populate it with the following


you can obtain the password from the usual place.

Now cd to the checkout out programmes frontend code and run ./script/fixture. The script can do 3 things, documented in the help output. Generate a new scenario (the code will error if the scenario name already exits). Regenerate an existing scenario (this basically uses all the existing HTTP fixtures, but creates new ones for any unfixtured URLs). Or delete a scenario. Have fun!

Developing on fixtures and scenarios

If you're developing on the scenario and fixture mechanisms you should make sure all DB writes go to your local database. Make sure all fixture_database_* parameters are pointing at your local database.

The following parameters are especially important:

  • scenario_database_name - This is where HTTP fixtures and scenario name/time/URLs are written. It must be writable by fixture_database_user.
  • fixture_database_name - Your local copy of the /programmes database

In order to create and populate the scenario datbase, run the following command (will update scenario_database_name, be careful)

php bin/console doctrine:schema:update --em fixture --env dev_fixture

Updating the fixture database on test

The fixture database on test is not kept up to date by the standard faucet migrations. It has to be done manually once in a while. To do this, ssh into a FRONTEND server on test with the latest programmes pages service. Run the following command to check what needs to be updated

php /var/www/programmes-frontend/bin/console --env=prod_test_fixture doctrine:schema:update  --dump-sql

If that looks reasonable, run

php /var/www/programmes-frontend/bin/console --env=prod_test_fixture doctrine:schema:update  --force


Cosmos Dials allow functionality to be turned on and off without the need for a release of code. In order to create a new dial, add a schema as instructed from the confluence page. Then update dials.json with the previously used default value. Now you should be ready to go.

Release process

See Release Process

Known Issues

There is an issue with a new version of Symfony Translations so we have locked the translations version to v4.3.2 but this is causing Symfony to be locked as well and we can't get new version of the framework. There is no easy solution but after expending some time investigating I found 2 options that could be consider in case of an update is required:

  1. Use symfony ICU format. This requires to update the translations scripts and some PHP code as well.

  2. Implement our own translation system instead of using symfony one, this option could work by only updating PHP files and keep the existing .po files but with the downside of code becoming somehow complex and likely to introduce bug that we may not be able to notice for a while

Both options are consider risky, code changes can be somehow complex and issues can go live unnoticed


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