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NU Core

Northwestern University Core Facility Management Software


Welcome to NU Core! This guide will help you get a development environment up and running. It makes a few assumptions:

  1. You write code on a Mac.

  2. You have a running Oracle or MySQL instance with two brand new databases.

  3. You have the following installed:

Spin it up

  1. Download the project code from Github

    git clone nucore
  2. Install dependencies

    cd nucore
    bundle install
  3. Configure your local settings

    cd config/settings
    touch settings.local.yml
    ... edit settings.local.yml and add and override email.from with addresses that make sense for you ...
  4. Configure your databases

    cp database.yml.template database.yml
    ... edit the adapter, database, username, and password settings for both the development and test DBs to match your database instance ...
    cd ..
  5. Create your databases

    rake db:schema:load
    export RAILS_ENV=test; rake db:schema:load; export RAILS_ENV=development
  6. Seed your development database

    rake demo:seed
  7. Start your server

    rails server
  8. Login as Dave The Director

    ... Go to ...
    ... Login with username '' and password 'password' ...
  9. Play around! You're running NU Core!

Test it

NU Core uses Rspec to run tests. Try any of the following from NU Core's root directory.

  • To run all tests (this will take awhile!)

    rake spec
  • To run just the model tests

    rake spec:models
  • To run just the controller tests

    rake spec:controllers

Learn more

There are valuable resources in the NU Core's doc directory.

  • Need help getting Oracle running on your Mac? See HOWTO_oracle.txt

  • Want to authenticate users against your institution's LDAP server? See HOWTO_ldap.txt

  • Need to use a 3rd party service with your NU Core? See HOWTO_external_services.txt

  • Need to asynchronously monitor some aspect of NU Core? See HOWTO_daemons.txt