This is the source code that powers the TheyWorkForYou.com website. It's mainly written in PHP, although there are also some Perl scripts for database loading and indexing. The backend parser code is separate and available on GitHub. You can read more about this on TheyWorkForYou's parser info page
The TheyWorkForYou source code in this distribution is released under a BSD style license. Roughly, this means you are free to copy, use, modify and redistribute the code or binaries made from the code. Commercial or non- commercial use is allowed. However, we disclaim warranty, and expect you not to use our name without our permission. See the file LICENSE.md for exact legal information.
What is TheyWorkForYou anyway?
Everything MPs say in the UK's House of Commons is recorded in a document called Hansard; TheyWorkForYou helps make sense of this vital democratic resource. It also includes things from the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament, and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
How on earth do I use this code?
See INSTALL.md for installation questions.
If you have questions, the best place to ask is the mySociety TheyWorkForYou email list at https://groups.google.com/a/mysociety.org/forum/#!forum/theyworkforyou
Developing with Vagrant
You will need the latest versions of VirtualBox and Vagrant, then:
- Go make a cup of tea. It may take a while whilst Vagrant and Puppet do their thing.
- Point your web browser at
http://10.11.12.13and marvel at modern technology.
See INSTALL.md for instructions on downloading and importing Parlparse data (members, debates, votes, etc).
Compiling Static Assets
If you're working on a page which uses the redesign, you will need to compile static assets after changes:
bundle exec compass compilefor a one-off compilation or
bundle exec compass watchto recompile on changes
TheyWorkForYou includes a test suite, using PHPunit. To run tests, ensure that
the environment variables
TWFY_TEST_DB_PASS are set and contain relevant
information for your testing database. The database will be stripped down and
rebuilt during testing, so make sure it's not an important copy.
You may find that in some versions of PHPUnit errors are thrown regarding code
coverage reports. If this is the case, the version installed by Composer
and located at
/vendor/bin/phpunit should run correctly.
Thanks to Browserstack who let us use their web-based cross-browser testing tools for this project.