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This is the source code for the website - a resource set up to allow events to get real-time feedback from those attending. It also gives speakers a way to claim and track their presentations over time.

You can either install on an existing PHP platform, or use our vagrant setup.

Quick Start - Using Vagrant

You can set up a development virtual machine running by following these simple instructions.

  1. Install requirements. (Note: these are not required by itself, but are required for this quick start guide.)

  2. Clone repository to any location and fetch required submodules (containing Puppet manifests).

    git clone --recursive


    git clone && cd
    git submodule init
    git submodule update
  1. Start the process by running Vagrant.

    vagrant up
  2. Add hostname to /etc/hosts.

    echo "" | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts
  3. Browse to the newly provisioned development copy of



  • HTTP and SSH ports on the VM are forwarded to localhost (22 -> 2222, 80 -> 8080)
  • The directory you cloned will be mounted inside the VM at /vagrant
  • You can develop by editing the files you cloned in the IDE of you choice.
  • The database is running inside the VM. You can get to it by doing the following:

    you@you> vagrant ssh
    vagrant@vm> sudo su
    root@vm> mysql joindin
  • To stop the VM do one of the following: vagrant suspend if you plan on running it later vagrant destroy if you wish to delete the VM completely

  • Also, when any of of the Puppet manifests change, it is a good idea to rerun them:

    vagrant provision

Quick Start - Existing Platforms

  1. Create a vhost entry for the site. The docroot should be /src.

  2. Create directories for user-added content.

    mkdir src/system/cache/ctokens && chown apache:apache src/system/cache/ctokens

    (or whatever user and group your web server runs as)

  3. Create a MySQL database with username and password. Use a database name of 'joindin'

  4. Create configuration files for database and config (based on the .dist templates):

    cp src/system/application/config/database.php.dist src/system/application/config/database.php
    cp src/system/application/config/config.php.dist   src/system/application/config/config.php

    Edit these files as appropriate!

  5. If you are using Fast-CGI you will need to edit the .htaccess file Change lines 17 & 24 from:

    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php/$1


    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?/$1

    Also you will need to amend the config.php so that the uri_protocol setting ends up as follows:

    $config['uri_protocol'] = "QUERY_STRING";
  6. Initialise, patch, and populate the database.

    src/scripts/ -t /path/to/ -d joindin -u username -p password -i

    (use the correct username and password)

    If you are using Windows And/Or Git bash you may see an error regarding "o being an invalid option" when running step 6.

    To fix this, you will need to visit and download the binaries and dependencies zip files Extract the contents of the bin folder from the zip files to the bin folder of your Git install and restart Git Bash.

    This should also work for git via the commandline (cmd.exe) but cannot be guaranteed in that environment.

  7. Create some sample data to get you started - see /doc/dbgen/README for information about this excellent tool

  8. To enable useful error messages, add the following to your .htaccess

  9. Enjoy the site!

Other Resources

See LICENSE file for license information for this software (located in /doc/LICENSE)


API Tests

To run the frisby tests (frisby.js), you will first need to install node.js and npm. Then run:

    npm install -g frisby jasmine-node

I also found that I needed:

    export NODE_PATH=/usr/local/lib/node_modules

You should set the URL that the tests run against to be your local installation:

    export JOINDIN_API_BASE_URL=http://api.joindin.localhost

Then run the tests by going to /src/tests/api_tests and running:

    jasmine-node newapi_spec.js

Unit Tests

There are some tests set up, which use PHPUnit; these can be found in the src/tests directory. There is a phing task configured to run them - from the root directory simply run "phing phpunit" to run the tests.

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