Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Enable Curl on Xampp

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

I generally do my development work on a local windows machine with the latest version of installed. I was recently toying around with the tayst twitter feed, and was having trouble using curl with xampp.

The problem?.. curl was not enabled by default in Xampp.  You receive the following error:

  • Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in C:\xampp\htdocs\tayst\\index. on line 4

The solution?  These simple steps! (more…)

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Technology | 13 Comments »

5 Easy Steps To Creating A Facebook Ad

Monday, March 31st, 2008

So you are ready to start on ?… Great! This simple should help you to get your ad set-up in less than 15 minutes.

4 Steps

Step 1 - What are you promoting? – Login to Facebook, then go to the Create Ad page and enter the url you want your traffic to go to. (For our clients, we customize a landing page for each ad in an effort to better convert the traffic). (more…)

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Business, Marketing, Millennials | 25 Comments »

Getting Rails to Work on a Windows Machine Running Xampp

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Wow… so I wrote a post on my struggles getting to work on my Windows Machine, and then I figure it out. I’ve been developing in various languages, and using to for my server, database, and language (Apache, MySQL, ). Nevertheless, I have finally got it working, and it was a lot simpler than I had figured. In case you’ve come here and you’re yet to get Xampp… I’ll walk you through the whole process. If you already have it, then go ahead and skip to STEP 2

STEP 1 – Install Xampp – ApacheFriends has made it really easy by giving us a simple windows installer to download. If your interested in developing with Perl, Tomcat, you can download their Add-Ons by clicking the links. Once you download, just give it a click and follow the on-screen instructions. I recommend you install Xampp at the default c:\xampp (if you do not, remember to replace the code below with your installation directory). Here’s a video to show you how simple it is…don’t be fooled, it takes a little longer than the video shows.


STEP 2 – Install Ruby – Thanks to RubyForge, you can download an easy one-click Ruby installer to use here. Once you download, click to open, and follow the instructions. I recommend you install Ruby at c:\xampp\ruby so it falls in line with your other programming languages, etc…

STEP 3 – Install Rails – Fortunately, the Windows version of Ruby comes with RubyGems already set up. Open your Command Prompt (start-> run-> cmd -OR- start-> programs-> accessories -> command prompt) and type the following commands.

Do the gem update from the bin directory in rails. For my installation:

cd c:\ruby\bin
gem update
You may be prompted several times to choose which gem. Pick the highest version for (mswin32)
gem install rails --include-dependencies

There may be some delays, and the install could take a while. If you encounter an error trying to use the gem command, just restart the Command Prompt.

STEP 4 – Create a Rails App – While your still in Command Prompt, type the following Command (without the brackets, and change “your-app-name” to whatever you wish to call your application)

rails C:/xampp/htdocs/<your-app-name>

STEP 5 – Configure Apache – With your Xampp installation, http://localhost (localhost:80) defaults to the Xampp browser control panel, which displays your status, tests, etc.. We want to be able to use Ruby, without disrupting this service, or interfering with our standard Xampp settings. Open your Xampp directory (in our case C:\Xampp) and browse to Apache\conf\httpd.conf and open the httpd.conf file in a text editor or other text editor of your choice.

Scroll all the way to the bottom, and add the following:

Listen 3000
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
#################################
# RUBY SETUP
#################################
<virtualHost *:3000>
ServerName rails

DocumentRoot "c:/xampp/htdocs/<your-app-name>/public"
<Directory "c:/xampp/htdocs/<your-app-name>/public/">

Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride all
Allow from all
Order allow,deny
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
AddHandler fastcgi-script .fcgi

</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

#################################
# RUBY SETUP
#################################

Finally – Check it Out – Point your browser to http://localhost:3000 and you should see the “Welcome Aboard” from ROR.

If your also looking for some editors. A nice simple free PHP editor with great extensions is “PSPad“. For hardcore coding, I recommend Zend(free for 30 days). For a nice simple free Rails Editor, “RoRED“, something a little more intense I would say go with the free “NetBeans” (don’t forget the .jdk).


Update 04/15/09

I now dual boot to to play with ROR vs. fighting to install ruby on rails on a windows machine. I found it to be an endless battle of debugging.

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Technology | 66 Comments »

Categories

Archives