I have a main development blog at Back of a beer mat but I want to keep that more professional that this my rant blog.
I want to rant about how simple it is to set up the dev environment for the site.
I mean even my mum could have done it.
I have installed MySql before on openBSD and it was a pain.
Granted, openBSD is a secure operating system with lots of security features that make installing stuff slightly more complex, but I have tried installing Postgresql on Mac OS X, which was likewise a pain with a custom user setup etc., and expected more of the same for MySql.
Likewise I had set up MediaWiki on the site and found that it took a while [Althought this is likely because of having to use FTP as I don’t have CLI access to my host].
How wrong I was. And I should have known. After all I was doing all this on Mac OS X!
The way to set up the dev env for GeekMeets.org was the following
- Open the MySql disk image and double click the package installer.
- Follow the simple on-screen instructions to install MySql
- Double click the config panel in the MySql disk image and select yes to install it.
- When the config panel for MySql comes up select the option to start on a restart
- Expand the MediaWiki tarball
- Move the expanded MedkiaWiki wiki directory, and its contents, into your ~/sites directory
- In a browser goto http://localhost/~username/wiki/config/, where username is your Mac OS X login name
- Follow the simple on-screen instructions for installing MediaWiki and click OK
Wasn’t that simple?
Now with a dev environment set up I can move on to the more intricate and complex part of actually developing the GeekMeets.org community!