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README.md

A-level schools

A one-page web application for finding and comparing A-level schools, using data provided by the Department for Education. Check it out at alevels.herokuapp.com. Somewhat inspired by Guardian's GCSE schools guide.

Running the server locally

To run this locally, you will need:

  • Node.js (for the web server)
  • MongoDB
  • Python (for populating the database)

To set up the database, rename db/mongo_admin.json.example to db/mongo_admin.json and change both url in mongo_admin.json and DATABASE_URL in config.js to the URL of your MongoDB instance. Then, to populate the database, open the console in the db folder of this project and run:

python insert_schools.py
python update_location.py
python update_results.py

(You will need the xlrd Python package installed. Oh, and populating the database will take a while. It will finish at some point, I promise.)

After that, move to the root folder of this project and install all Node.js dependencies:

npm install

...build with Grunt by running:

grunt

...and run the server:

node app

If nothing went wrong so far, you should be able to access the server at http://localhost:8000.

Some background

This is my 2013/2014 A-level Computing project. Some bad decisions have been made while building it and its infrastructure is a bit of a mess. I have left it partially unfinished, since some of the features I wanted to implement required a complete rewrite.

If you're making something similar, feel free to make use of whatever "good parts" and ideas you find in this project. Hopefully there are some.

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