These prerequisites assume you're working on a 64bit Windows 10 operating system machine.
Since dev.to codebase is using Ruby on Rails framework, we will need to install Windows Subsystem for Linux. Some dependencies used by the source code triggered errors when installing on Windows, so using WSL allows you to work on the software and not fixing gem incompatibilities.
First, let's enable Windows Subsystem for Linux in your machine. You can do this by opening Control Panel, going to Programs, and then clicking "Turn Windows Features On or Off". Looking for the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" option and check the box next to it. Windows will ask for a reboot.
Once you've got this installed and after rebooting, follow this link to install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows.
On your first run, the system will ask for username and password. Take note of both since it will be used for
First, install Ruby language dependencies:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git-core curl zlib1g-dev build-essential libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev software-properties-common libffi-dev
For installing Ruby, we recommend using rbenv
cd git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL git clone https://github.com/rbenv/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL rbenv install 2.5.3 rbenv global 2.5.3 ruby -v
To install NodeJS, we're going to add it using the official repository:
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs node -v npm -v
npm -v gives
Syntax error: word unexpected (expecting "in"), restart the terminal and try again.
And now, for rails itself:
gem install rails -v 5.1.6
rbenv rehash to make Rails executable available. Check it out by using
rails -v command
rbenv rehash rails -v # Rails 5.1.6
The fastest way to install Yarn for WSL would be from Debian package repository. Configure the repository with the following commands:
curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
Then you can simply:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yarn
Make sure that Yarn is installed with
If you don't have PostgreSQL installed on your Windows system, You can do so here. WSL is able to connect to Windows Postgresql.
Download PostgreSQL for Windows and install it.
Pay attention to the username and password you setup during installation of Postgres as you will use this to configure your Rails applications to login to Postgres later.
git clone https://github.com/<your-username>/dev.to.git
gem install bundler
gem install foreman
rbenv rehashwhen foreman installation is done.
bundle installWhile installing, you might run into an error due to the pg gem requiring PostgreSQL libraries. If so, please run
sudo apt-get install libpq-devbefore retrying.
Setup your database
config/database.ymlby copying from the provided template (i.e.
cp config/database.yml.sample config/database.yml)
config/database.yml file if needed.
Install our frontend dependencies with
Set up your environment variables/secrets
Envfile. This file lists all the
ENVvariables we use and provides a fake default for any missing keys. You'll need to get your own free Algolia credentials to get your development environment running.
For any key that you wish to enter/replace:
config/application.ymlby copying from the provided template (ie. with bash:
cp config/sample_application.yml config/application.yml). This is a personal file that is ignored in git.
``` GITHUB_KEY: "SOME_REAL_SECURE_KEY_HERE" GITHUB_SECRET: "ANOTHER_REAL_SECURE_KEY_HERE" ```
ENVvariables on bootup,
enviedgem will alert you with messages similar to
'error_on_missing_variables!': The following environment variables should be set: A_MISSING_KEY..
You do not need "real" keys for basic development. Some features require certain keys, so you may be able to add them as you go.
Now Configure database.yaml to connect to PostgreSQL run in Windows instead of Ubuntu. Make sure it looks like the following:
development: <<: *default database: PracticalDeveloper_development host: localhost username: # your Postgres username password: # your Postgres password
The database username and password also have to be manually added to test database in database.yml Another possible way to configure database connection is to setup DATABASE_URL in application.yml as documented here
statement_timeoutfrom database.yml if it happens.
If you encountered any errors that you subsequently resolved, please consider updating this section with your errors and their solutions.