Builder: going home update

Alison Benjamin alison.benjamin at
Tue Oct 13 22:47:44 UTC 2009

I worked on the manual QA tests, so please let me know if they need refining.


On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 6:42 PM, Colin Clark <colin.clark at> wrote:
> Hi Laurel,
> A quick update on where I'm at with the Builder before I leave for the day:
>  * With a lot of work, I managed to get a working redeployment of Builder up
> and running on our development web site:
> From what I can tell, we weren't performing valid QA tests against the
> Builder the first time around, since the previous version of Builder was a
> kind of hybrid of older and new code. For example, we were using and
> building with an older version of Infusion.
>  * As far as I can tell, paths to files PHP files imported using
> include_once() appear to be relative to the "parent" PHP script, in our case
> the builder.php file that is deployed within the webserver itself. I can't
> for the life of me figure out why this wasn't the case with your previous
> deployment. We need to suss this one out.
>  * As a result of this, I had to modify PHP code to use absolute paths
> (using your DISTANT_PATH variable). So the version we have deployed on the
> server now is forked from the previously-frozen version of Builder in the
> incubator. Once we track this issue down, we can decide if we want to commit
> these changes or take a different approach to pathing.
> Here's a quick list of next steps, off the top of my head:
>  * Figure out the pathing issue
>  * Reorganize the Builder's directory structure in SVN so that it reflects
> the correct deployment structure
>  * Create "profiles" for config.php, one for local testing and one for the
> deployment server (sans passwords)
>  * Separate the Builder from its dependence on the CMS website and remove
> any cut and pasted template code, replacing it with an Ajax approach.
>  * Write a script that automatically deploys the Builder, cleans the cache
> and database, and other pre-release tasks.
> Once we get these done, we can submit the Builder for a new QA phase and
> release it to the public, hopefully fairly quickly.
> Seem reasonable?
> Colin
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> Colin Clark
> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
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