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Image for the web application that powers
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Development Environment

MLTSHP is a Dockerized application. This greatly simplifies running the
application for local development. We also deploy the application using
Docker, so it makes for a more consistent
environment to build and test against.

With Docker and a git client installed on your computer, clone the MLTSHP
code from Github. If you intend to develop features for MLTSHP, you should
clone from your own fork of the code. Once you have a copy checked out
locally, use this command to create a and
file suitable for local development (edit these as needed, but the defaults
should be okay):

$ make init-dev

Our stylesheets are SASS-based, so you'll also need to install the
Ruby gem for SASS. If you don't have the sass command already,
you can get it by running:

$ bundle install

If that gives you an error, maybe you need to first install the
Ruby bundler package:

$ gem install bundler

Then, try the bundle install command.

So, with those pre-requisites in place, you should be able to start the
app itself using:

$ make run

This will do a lot of things. But ultimately, you should end up with a
copy of MLTSHP running locally. It expects to be accessed via a hostname
of and Add these entries to your /etc/hosts

The web app itself runs on port 8000. You should be able to reach it via:

Subsequent invocations of make run should be faster, once you have
the dependency images downloaded.

You can login as the admin user using the password password. You
can also register new user accounts.

While running the service, you can open an editor to the git checkout and
make updates to the code. Changes should be reflected as you save your
files (no need to restart the service).

The MySQL instance that is launched will be accessible on
if you want to look at the database directly (since this is using the
default MySQL port, you will probably need to shutdown any existing MySQL
server you may have running). The login for the database is root with
no password. If you want to mark any of your user accounts as paid users,
find them in the user table and set their is_paid value to 1 and
their stripe_plan_id column value to mltshp-double.

Logs and Data

When you run the application, it launches it into a background process.
But if you want to watch the realtime logs emitted by each service,
just use this command:

$ docker-compose logs -f

In addition to that, the web app produces some log files that are
captured under the "mounts/logs" folder of your git repository.
The directory structure looks like this:

        (transient uploaded file storage)
        access.log - nginx access log file
        error.log - nginx error log file
        main-8000.log - python app log file
        celeryd-01.log - celery worker log file
        (local S3 storage)
        (mysql data files)

Database Migrations

Occassionally, a database migration will need to be performed to
bring an older database schema up to date. This will be necessary
if you have a MySQL database you use locally for development and
testing and keep it versus using the destroy and init-dev
commands to make a new one. To update your database, just do this:

$ make shell
docker-shell$ cd /srv/; python

That should do it.


With your copy of MLTSHP running, you may want to run unit tests. Some
of the unit tests actually test against Twitter itself, so you'll want
to generate a custom Twitter app with your own set of keys. Configure
the test_settings in your file appropriately:

"twitter_consumer_key" : "twitter_consumer_key_here",
"twitter_consumer_secret" : "twitter_consumer_secret_key_here",
"twitter_access_key" : "twitter_access_key_here",
"twitter_access_secret" : "twitter_access_secret_here",

Then, just run:

$ make test

Which will invoke a Docker process to run the unit test suite.

Connecting to the MLTSHP shell

If you ever need to access the Docker image running the application,
you can use this command to create a shell (specifically, a shell
to the Python web application container):

$ make shell

This should place you in the /srv/ directory as the
root user. You can use apt-get commands to install utilities you
may need.


If you ever want to wipe your local data and rebuild your Docker
containers, just use this command:

$ make destroy

If you just wish to rebuild the Docker container, use the Docker
compose command:

$ docker-compose down

Then, run another make run.


MLTSHP is open-source software, ©2017 the MLTSHP team and released to the public under the terms of the Mozilla Public License. A copy of the MPL can be found in the LICENSE file.

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