Engelsystem GSoC 2016 Summary

This blog post I would like to share my work done during the GSoC period (May – August). Doing GSoC has been one of the most wonderful experience in my life.


ENGELSYSTEM – Engelsystem is a volunteer management application for events written in PHP. It is used for coordination among different angels who want to volunteer.



  • It will make it easy for them to coordinate with the volunteers by the product we developed.


  • Those who want to volunteer finds it difficult to coordinate, contact admins. This platform helps all those who want to help.
  • Volunteers can register and can allot their shifts. A better User Interface, Integration with different Asian languages will allow the system to be used globally and in their local languages and ease for the volunteers to use.

As a part of the project I developed many new features for engelsystem. Implemented a workflow similar to wordpress, Implemented MVC model, Importing user data to database directly through script, Implemented a copy function for shifts, sending messages to entire group/ AngelType, Implemented a search for all Angels View, Date Picker for shifts, New Settings Page for admin where we can write event related information, Deployed the system on different platforms, Added Documentation, Re-factor the code, Improved the code standards, Blog Post tutorials on various technologies.

I am really happy with the outcome of the project. I learnt lot of new technologies and was improving day by day.

My initial proposal, time line of the project

My GSOC 2016 Proposal.

I have proposed a many UI changes for the system, Improving Documentation, Refactoring. All of these are done during the period. And I have implemented extra features and surpassed the proposal.

I have finished most of the proposed features before the Mid Evaluation. There was a shift in the timeline but I am very happy that the outcome was excellent. I was able to finish all the issues assigned to me on time.

What I have done to make Engelsystem better?

Overview of my contributions

Commits: 172

Additions: 87,528

Deletions: 80,555

Issue Completed: 60

Pull Requests Merged: 36

Scrum Reports: 99

Blog Posts: 15

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 13:17:53

Daily Timeline during GSOC.

Everyday we need to write a scrum report about our progress and submit it before 10 AM local time. Scrum consists of the following information.

1.What did you do yesterday? (which areas, issues you worked on, links)

2.What do you plan to do today? (which areas, issues you want to work on, links)

3.What is currently preventing you from achieving your goals? What blockers do you encounter?

I have written total of 99 scrum reports from May 10 – August 23. I have never missed a scrum report.

My Activity on Engelsystem Google Group : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/engelsystem

Working Environment

All the issues for engelsystem are available on github. Whenever we need to implement a new feature or resolve a bug we need to make a issue and start working on it.

There are 15 milestones for the project starting from May 10 – August 28th.

For discussions we need to use slack and google groups.

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/

Issues: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/

Engelsystem Features

Implemented work flow similar to wordpress.

wordpress has a famous 5 minute installation flow. We need to implement it for our project engelsystem.

Implemented the following tasks as a part of the workflow:

  • Changed engelsystem/config/config.default.php to engelsystem/config/config-sample.default.php.
  • Installation script where admin can define name and email at the beginning
  • Script to import tables directly
  • Instructions to Configure document root.
  • Documented the new flow in a blog post and in all installation readme’s

As part of flow similar to wordpress. I have created a script which directly imports the tables. Initially user need to do it through mysql.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:23:28

Parent Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/161

Sub Issues:

  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/212
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/213
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/216

Pull Requests:

  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/211
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/197

Implemented script to install all the dependencies

  • To setup engelsystem on local server. User need to install LAMP, clone the repository, configure document root, create database.
  • My script allows to do that all in one command.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:40:25.png

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/209

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/211

Implement MVC Model

  • Initially the code has no clear MVC model. There were code in pages which is a mix of model and controller.
  • We need to remove the pages directory and move them to controller and model.
  • There were 26 pages. Created model files and controller files for the pages. Now the code structure is in clear MVC model.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:35:41

Parent Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/163

Sub Issues:

  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/168
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/169
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/170
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/171
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/172
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/173
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/174
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/175

Pull Request:

  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/176
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/178
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/185
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/192

Import user data from a spreadsheet

  • For FOSSASIA events we will be having lots of user data. If we can import the user data to engelsystem then it will very useful.
  • Implemented a script where admin just needs to browse a csv file containing data and information will be imported successfully

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:26:59

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/20

Pull Request:

Configuring Document Root

To avoid security issues. User need to configure Document Root. Added instruction to configure document root.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:56:29

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/213

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/211

Implemented Search in All Users View

  • In All Users Page admin can view all the user information. If there are many users and admin wants to search for a particular name/field it becomes difficult.
  • I Implemented a search which makes it easy for admin to search any user.
  • We can search an user by any field like name, organisation, github username etc.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:44:33

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/3

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/126

Design New Settings Page

Admin Settings Page: Here admin can enter event related information which will be shown on the login page to the all Angels and the welcome message is displayed near the registration page.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 12:20:02


  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/218
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/145

Pull Request:

  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/224
  • https://github.com/engelsystem/engelsystem/pull/264

Deployed Engelsystem to Heroku

  • Heroku: Heroku is a cloud application platform – it is used to build and deploy web apps.
  • We need not worry about dependencies and testing. We can directly deploy a branch to heroku and test code whenever there is a new feature or new code added.
  • An automatic test deployment for engelsystem from the development branch is http://volunteersys.herokuapp.com

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:30:55


  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/136
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/156

Worked on Improving the Codacy Project Grade

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 19:15:09

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/158

Viewing the shifts in respective time zone

  • Initially the user views all the shifts in server timezone.
  • Shifts should be shown to the volunteers/ angels in their respective time zone to avoid confusion.
  • Now User gets an option to select a time zone and view it in the respective time zone.
  • User needs to select the timezone while registering or change it in the settings page.

Screenshot from 2016-08-23 11:46:47


  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/120
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/119
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/111
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/108

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/138

Database migrations with Phinx

  • Database migrations can transform your database in many ways such as creating new tables, inserting rows, adding indexes and modifying columns.
  • It avoids the use of writing MYSQL by hand and instead offers a powerful API for creating migrations using PHP code.
  • Implemented database migrations for update.sql file.


Issues: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/137

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/160

Sending message to entire group/AngelType

Initially admin was able to send messages to individual angels. Implemented Admin Feature where admin can send messages to entire group/ AngelType


Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/13

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/116

Unit Tests for php files

Writing unit tests

I have written unit test for PHP files using PHPUnit. With PHPUnit, the most basic thing you’ll write is a test case. A test case is just a term for a class with several different tests all related to the same functionality.This is an example unit test for AngelType_model.php




Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/1

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/138

Localization – Viewing your site in different languages

Advantages of Localisation : It will also allow the system to be used globally on a large scale. As a part of this project I have implemented localisation in couple of languages.User can select I of the languages and the total information will be available in that language.

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/8

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/48

Admin User View : Added email and mobile fields

Added important fields to the view of users by admin. Added email and mobile fields so that admin can contact users easily.

Screenshot from 2016-05-28 13:18:27

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/11

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/38

Shifts: Map View

Viewing the shifts in map view form which makes user easy to find and sign up for shifts.


Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/91

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/106

Admin Feature – Create New Shift From Existing Shift

Admin can create new shift from existing shift or update the shift by selecting the shift.

Screenshot from 2016-06-18 20:29:46

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/15

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/112

Admin Features – Edit Display Message

As this system is used by different organisations for different purposes . New feature has been added where admin can change the display message in registration.


Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/97

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/98

Admin Features – Date/Time Picker For Edit Shifts

Date Picker – While editing shifts also Date picker is implemented For Edit shifts view.

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/77

Pull Requests: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/106

Admin Features – Date/Time Picker For Shifts

Date Picker – Where User and admin Can easily Pick date for shifts.

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/16

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/41

Features – Register Page UI/UX

Before GSOC Design of register page doesn’t follow any pattern.

After changing the UI. Design looks like this.

Issue: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/54

Pull Request: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/pull/69

Fixed different bugs

  • Different Timestamp error for shifts.
  • Initially we were unable to view the shifts in map view form. Fixed the error.
  • Fixed Different Timestamp Error in Log Page.
  • Fixed Name Error in User Page.
  • Heroku Deployment.
  • Codacy errors and travis CI errors.
  • Content in german


  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/36
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/44
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/78
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/84
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/91
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/121

Code Quality and Refactoring


  • Refactoring is very important to maintain code standards.
  • After implementing MVC model all the model files have duplicate and unorganised code. Refactored the code based on table it is accessing.
  • It will make any user easily find the function and create in the respective table.

Maintaining code quality:

  • When we add new code we need to explain what a particular variable is and what are the parameters of a function.Added comments to the code and function created. It will help new developers to easily understand the code.


  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/99
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/135
  • https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem/issues/223


As much as we code we need to document. For good software we need to have good documentation also. Added several documentation about installation, setup, configuration, features.

Added the following Documents during May-August

Blog Posts

It’s very important for us to share our knowledge to entire world. The easiest way to do this is by blog posts.

I have written 15 blogs posts during May-August on wide variety of topics.


Technologies Used

PHP: Most of the code written is in PHP. I used PHP for implementing new features.

MYSQL: Tables and database are written in mysql. For any new addition or deletion of queries is done in sql.

HTML: The layout is rendered in HTML. To change the layout or add new layout style is done in html.

CSS: Bootstrap code for styling, Fonts etc.

JS: Forms, datepicker, multi select dropdown.

Phinx: For database migrations

Bash: For dependencies script.

Markdown: For Documentation.

Drupal: Coding Standards.

After GSOC

Contributing to FOSSASIA After GSOC

  • This is the beginning of my contributions to open source. There is lot more to come.
  • Will really miss Writing scrums, Discussions with mentors, issues, Pull requests, Travis CI. GSOC has been an amazing experience for me.
  • I will create new issues, allow new developers to contribute to our project. Will help them in fixing bugs. I will be continuing contributing to FOSSASIA after my gsoc to engelsystem and other projects as well.

Participate in Google Code In and Fossasia Summit.

  • I will participate in Google Code In. I would like to be a mentor for young developers if given a chance.
  • I will be conducting meetups and explain about GSOC and FOSSASIA for young developers in college.
  • I am very interested in attending summits and meeting new developers.I will surely attend the Fossasia summit in 2017 and present my work.

Special Thanks

  • I would like to Thank my mentors Mario Behling, Hong Phuc Dang, Quan Nguyen, Vu Hung Nguyen for being there to help me and guide me.
  • I have worked very hard and sincerely during this period. I have gained a lot of knowledge from you all. Yours suggestions and support have helped me a lot.
  • I would like to Thank FOSSASIA Community for giving me this opportunity and believing in me.
  • I would like to Thank Google Summer of Code for this experience.
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Software Testing

In this post I would like to explain what is software testing and different methods, levels of software testing.

What is software testing?

Software Testing is the process of evaluating a system or its components with the intent to find whether it satisfies the specified requirements or not.

Testing is executing a system in order to identify any gaps, errors, or missing requirements in contrary to the actual requirements.

What are the Levels of software testing?

Software products are tested at four levels:
  • Unit testing
  • Integration testing
  • System testing
  • Acceptance testing

Unit testing

  • During unit testing, modules are tested in isolation. If all modules were to be tested together, it may not be easy to determine which module has the error.
  • Unit testing reduces debugging effort several folds. Programmers carry out unit testing immediately after they complete the coding of a module.

Role of Unit Testing

  • Assure minimum quality of units before integration into system
  • Focus attention on relatively small units
  • Testing forces us to read our own code – spend more time reading than writing
  • Automated tests support maintainability and extendibility

Integration testing

After different modules of a system have been coded and unit tested:
  • modules are integrated in steps according to an integration plan
  • partially integrated system is tested at each integration step.

Role of Integration Testing

  • Gain confidence in the integrity of overall system design
  • Ensure proper interaction of components

Integration Testing Strategies

  • Big-bang
  • Top-down
  • Bottom-up
  • Critical-first
  • Function-at-a-time
  • As-delivered
  • Sandwich

System Testing

  • Gain confidence in the integrity of the system as a whole
  • Ensure compliance with functional requirements
  • Ensure compliance with performance requirements

Acceptance Testing

  • Testing performed by the customer or end-user himself
  • to determine whether the system should be accepted or reject

Testing is very important step of software development. We have used unit testing for our project Engelsystem. We are developing new features. Interested Developers can work with us.

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem


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Working with Apache Web Server

In this article, I will examine what apache is how to setup apache for ubuntu or debian and how to view error logs for apache and how to understand what the logs contain which will be useful for web development.

What is Apache?

Apache is the most popular web server on the internet. It is used to serve more than half of all active websites.

It is fast, reliable, and secure. It can be highly customized to meet the needs of many different environments by using extensions and modules.

Installing Apache on Ubuntu and Debian

If you do not already have Apache installed, you can do so now by issuing the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apache2

If you visit your VPS’s IP address in a web browser, you will get the default Apache index page. We get the following output.

It works!
This is the default web page for this server.
The web server software is running but no content has been added, yet.

Looking into apache error.log files

In order to effectively manage a web server, it is necessary to get feedback about the activity and performance of the server as well as any problems that may be occuring. The Apache HTTP Server provides very comprehensive and flexible logging capabilities.

Error.log file

The server error log, whose name and location is set by the ErrorLog directive, is the most important log file. This is the place where Apache httpd will send diagnostic information and record any errors that it encounters in processing requests.

It is the first place to look when a problem occurs with starting the server or with the operation of the server, since it will often contain details of what went wrong and how to fix it.

Explanation of log message

There is certain information that is contained in most error log entries. For example, here is a typical message.

[Sat Aug 20 08:09:38.958885 2016] [:error] [pid 1489] [client] PHP Notice:  Constant MIN_PASSWORD_LENGTH already defined in /var/www/html/test/engelsystem/config/config.php on line 30, referer: http://localhost/

[Sat Aug 20 08:09:38.958885 2016] The first item in the log entry is the date and time of the message.

[:error] The second entry lists the severity of the error being reported.

[pid 1489] Indicates process Id

[client] The fourth entry gives the IP address of the client that generated the error.

Fifth one is error message explaining the error.

Constant MIN_PASSWORD_LENGTH already defined.

File and line number

 /var/www/html/test/engelsystem/config/config.php on line 30

Error logs are easy to understand. Using error logs we can easily figure out the problem in your server or your code and fix it.

For more information about the log files and configuration please visit Apache website Apache provides excellent documentation.

Apache log files were useful for me during web development project Engelsystem. We are developing new features. Interested developers can work with us.

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem


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Importing database with PHP script

In this post I would like to discuss how to import tables to database directly through PHP script.

For our Project Engelsystem we need to import the tables manually by the command line or PHPMYADMIN. Now the user need not worry about the importing table. They are directly imported through the script.

Initially we used to import the tables in a sql file by source command or mysql command.

$ mysql -u root -p

CREATE DATABASE engelsystem;

use engelsystem;

source db/install.sql;

source db/update.sql;

Script to import tables directly through PHP.

function import_tables() {
// get the database variables. 
// file names to import
 $import_install = '../db/install.sql';
 $import_update = '../db/update.sql';
 // command to import both the files.
 $command_install = 'mysql -h' .$DB_HOST .' -u' .$DB_USER .' -p' .$DB_PASSWORD .' ' .$DB_NAME .' < ' .$import_install;
 $command_update = 'mysql -h' .$DB_HOST .' -u' .$DB_USER .' -p' .$DB_PASSWORD .' ' .$DB_NAME .' < ' .$import_update;
 $output = array();
 // execute the command
 exec($command_install, $output, $worked_install);
 exec($command_update, $output, $worked_update);

// test whether they are imported successfully or not
switch ($worked_install && $worked_update) {
 case 0:
 return true;
 case 1:
 return false;

Once we execute the above script the tables will be imported automatically. User need not import the tables manually.

In this way we can import tables using script. For more information visit about project please visit here.

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem


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Configuring Document Root Apache2 Ubuntu

In this post I will explain how to setup document root for apache server.

Initially the document root is set to /var/www/html by default. We need to change it when we have web applications in /var/www/html/folder.

I will show an example how to configure document root for our project engelsystem. Engelsystem is downloaded to /var/www/html/ . We must make sure to point our apache2 document root to the Engelsystem directory to prevent any user from accessing anything other than the public/ directory for security reasons.

Changing apache2 document root

The default document root is set in the 000-default.conf file that is under /etc/apache2/sites-available folder.

$ cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
$ sudo nano 000-default.conf

While the file is opened change DocumentRoot /var/www/ with your new folder e.g DocumentRoot /var/www/html/engelsystem/public where your index.php file resides

Set the right Apache configuration

The configuration of the /var/www folder is under /etc/apache2/apache2.conf. Edit this file to add the configuration of your new document root.

$ sudo nano/etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Copy the following:

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Require all granted

and change the directory path:

<Directory /var/www/html/engelsystem/public>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Require all granted

Restart Apache

Now we can view the engelsystem at localhost/ or http://[i.p.address]/

$ sudoservice apache2 restart
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Installing Engelsystem in Five Minutes

Here are the instructions to install engelsystem on your local server in just five minutes.


1.1 PHP 5.4.x (cgi-fcgi)

1.2 MySQL-Server 5.5+ or MariaDB

1.3 Webserver ( Apache/Nginx/lighttpd)

Step 1: Download or Clone the repository

git clone --recursive https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem.git

Download and unzip the engelsystem from here

Step 2: Create a Database and a User

Using the MySQL Client

You can create MySQL/MariaDB user and database quickly and easily by running mysql from the shell. The syntax is shown below and the dollar sign is the command prompt:

$ mysql -u adminusername -p
Enter password:
mysql> CREATE DATABASE databasename;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Step 3: Set up config.php

Renname config/config-sample.php to config/config.php, and add your database information.

// MySQL-Connection Settings
$DB_HOST = "localhost";
$DB_USER = "username_here";
$DB_PASSWORD = "password_here";
$DB_NAME = "database_name_here";

Step 4: Upload the files and configure Document Root

Now you will need to decide where on your domain you’d like your engelsystem to appear:

Upload the engelsystem files to the desired location on your web server. For Apache server we need to upload to /var/www/html/

Now we need to configure document root. Change the document root in /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf from /var/www to /var/www/html/engelsystem/public. Now we can view engelsystem at localhost or http://[i.p.address].

Following command will change the document root from /var/www/ to /var/www/html/engelsystem/public.

$ sudo sed -i -e ‘s/DocumentRoot \/var\/www\/html/DocumentRoot \/var\/www\/html\/engelsystem\/public/g’ /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf

Step 5: Run the Install Script

Point a web browser to start the installation script.

We will be redirected to install page where we need to fill in the information for installation. Once we fill the information and press install engelsystem. All the tables will be imported and we are redirected to login page.

In this way we can install engelsystem using installation script in just five minutes. For more information visit here

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem






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Writing Installation Script for Github Projects

I would like to discuss how to write a bash script to setup any github project and in particular PHP and mysql project. I would like take the example of engelsystem for this post.

First, we need to make a list of all environments and dependencies for our github project. For PHP and mysql project we need to install LAMP server.

The script to install all the dependencies for engelsystem are

echo "Update your package manager"
apt-get update

echo "Installing LAMP"
echo "Install Apache"
apt-get install apache2

echo "Install MySQL"
apt-get install mysql-server php5-mysql

echo "Install PHP"
apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt

echo "Install php cgi"
apt-cache search php5-cgi

We can even add echo statements with instructions.

Once we have installed LAMP. We need to clone the project from github. We need to install git and clone the repository. Script for installing git and cloning github repository are

echo "Install git"
apt-get install git
cd /var/www/html
echo "Cloning the github repository"
git clone --recursive https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem.git
cd engelsystem

Now we are in the project directory. Now we need to set up the database and migrate the tables. We are creating a database engelsystem and migrating the tables in install.sql and update.sql.

echo "enter mysql root password"
# creating new database engelsystem
echo "create database engelsystem" | mysql -u root -p
echo "migrate the table to engelsystem database"
mysql -u root -p engelsystem < db/install.sql
mysql -u root -p engelsystem < db/update.sql

Once we are done with it. We need to copy config-sample.default.php to config.php and add the database and password for mysql.

echo "enter the database name username and password"
cp config/config-sample.default.php config/config.php

Now edit the config.php file. Once we have done this we need to restart apache then we can view the login page at localhost/engelsystem/public

echo "Restarting Apache"
service apache2 restart
echo "Engelsystem is successfully installed and can be viewed on local server localhost/engelsystem/public"

We need to add all these instructions in install.sh file.

Now steps to execute a bash file.

Change the permissions of install.sh file

$ chmod +x install.sh

Now run the file from your terminal by executing the following command

$ ./install.sh

Developers who are interested in contributing can work with us.

Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem


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Dockerizing PHP and Mysql application

Docker Introduction

Docker is based on the concept of building images which contain the necessary software and configuration for applications. We can also build distributable images that contain pre-configured software like an Apache server, Caching server, MySQL server, etc. We can share our final image on the Docker HUB to make it accessible to everyone.

First we need to install docker on our local machine. Steps to install docker for ubuntu


  • Docker requires a 64-bit installation regardless of your Ubuntu version.
  • Your kernel must be 3.10 at minimum. The latest 3.10 minor version or a newer maintained version are also acceptable.

To check your current kernel version, open a terminal and use uname -r to display your kernel version:

$ uname -r

Update your apt sources

Docker’s APT repository contains Docker 1.7.1 and higher. To set APT to use packages from the new repository:

  1. Log into your machine as a user with sudo or root privileges.
  2. Open a terminal window.
  3. Update package information, ensure that APT works with the https method, and that CA certificates are installed.
     $ sudo apt-get update
     $ sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates
  4. Add the new GPG key.
    $ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://p80.pool.sks-keyservers.net:80 --recv-keys 58118E89F3A912897C070ADBF76221572C52609D
  5. Open the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list file in your favorite editor.If the file doesn’t exist, create it.
  6. Remove any existing entries.
  7. Add an entry for your Ubuntu operating system
  8. On Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 (LTS)
    deb https://apt.dockerproject.org/repo ubuntu-trusty main
  • Save and close the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list file.
  • Update the APT package index.
    $ sudo apt-get update

For Ubuntu Trusty, Wily, and Xenial, it’s recommended to install the linux-image-extra kernel package. The linux-image-extra package allows you use the aufs storage driver.

Install both the required and optional packages.

$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-trusty


Log into your Ubuntu installation as a user with sudo privileges.

  1. Update your APT package index.
    $ sudo apt-get update
  2. Install Docker.
    $ sudo apt-get install docker-engine
  3. Start the docker daemon.
    $ sudo service docker start
  4. Verify docker is installed correctly.
    $ sudo docker run hello-world

    This command downloads a test image and runs it in a container. When the container runs, it prints an informational message. If it runs successfully then docker is installed.

Docker Images

Docker images are the basis of containers. An image can be considered a class definition. We define its properties and behavior. To browse the available images, we can visit the Docker HUB and run docker pull <image> to download them to the host machine.

Listing images on the host

$ docker images

REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
ubuntu              14.04               1d073211c498        3 days ago          187.9 MB
busybox             latest              2c5ac3f849df        5 days ago          1.113 MB
training/webapp     latest              54bb4e8718e8        5 months ago        348.7 MB

Working with Dockerfile

Create a Dockerfile in your PHP project. This is the docker file for engelsystem.

Our Dockerfile is now complete and ready to be built:

Screenshot from 2016-07-18 09:08:52

Building the Image

The docker build . command will build the Dockerfile inside the current directory:

Our image is now labeled and tagged. The final step is to push it to the Docker HUB. This step is optional, but it’s still useful if we’re planning on sharing the image and and helping others with their development environment.

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Implementing Database Migrations

Database Migrations Using Phinx

Database migrations can transform your database in many ways such as creating new tables, inserting rows, adding indexes and modifying columns. It avoids the use of writing MYSQL by hand and instead offers a powerful API for creating migrations using PHP code.

Advantages of using Phinx

  • Phinx keeps track of which migrations have been run so you can worry less about the state of your database and instead focus on building better software
  • Each migration is represented by a PHP class in a unique file. We can write our migrations using the Phinx PHP API, or raw SQL.
  • Phinx has an easy installation process and easy to use command line instructions and easy to Integrate with various other PHP tools (Phing, PHPUnit) and web frameworks.

Installating Phinx

Phinx should be installed using Composer. Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP. We need to require the dependency in composer.json.

php composer.phar require robmorgan/phinx

Then run Composer:

php composer.phar install --no-dev

Now Create a folder in your database directory called migrations with adequate permissions. It is where we write our migrations. In engelsystem it is created in db directory

Phinx can now be executed from within your project:

php vendor/bin/phinx init

Writing Migrations For SQL files

Creating a New Migration

Let’s start by creating a new Phinx migration. Run Phinx using the create command. This will create a new migration in the format YYYYMMDDHHMMSS_my_new_migration.php where the first 14 characters are replaced with the current timestamp down to the second. This will create a skeleton file with a single method.

$ php vendor/bin/phinx create MyNewMigration

The File looks something like this

Screenshot from 2016-07-18 08:22:42

Explaining the File

The AbstractMigration Class

Abstraction class provides the necessary support to create your database migrations. All Phinx migrations extend from the AbstractMigration class. Phinx provides different methods in the abstraction class like change, up and down method.

The Change Method

This is the default migration method. I will explain how to write the change method for an example MYSQL query. For example following MYSQL query can also be executed using Phinx change method.


ALTER TABLE `AngelTypes` ADD `requires_driver_license` BOOLEAN NOT NULL;

Equivalent change method

public function change()
   $table = $this->table('AngelTypes');
   $table->addColumn('requires_driver_license', 'boolean', array('null' => 'false'))

The Up Method

We should use the up method to transform the database with your intended changes. For example following MYSQL query to create a new settings table can be executed using equivalent up method.


    `event_name` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL,
   `buildup_start_date` int(11) DEFAULT NULL,
   `event_start_date` int(11) DEFAULT NULL,
   `event_end_date` int(11) DEFAULT NULL,
   `teardown_end_date` int(11) DEFAULT NULL,
   `event_welcome_msg` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL

Equivalent up method

public function up()
 $table = $this->table('Settings');
 $table->addColumn('event_name', 'string', array('limit' => 255))
 ->addColumn('buildup_start_date', 'integer', array('limit' => 11))
 ->addColumn('event_start_date', 'integer', array('limit' => 11))
 ->addColumn('event_end_date', 'integer', array('limit' => 11))
 ->addColumn('teardown_end_date', 'integer', array( 'limit' => 11))
 ->addColumn('event_welcome_msg', 'string', array('limit' => 255))
 }We have now created a table. Now we will learn to insert data into the tables using migrations.MYSQL QueryINSERT INTO `Privileges` (`id`, `name`, `desc`) VALUES (39, 'admin_settings', 'Admin Settings');
 INSERT INTO `GroupPrivileges` (`id`, `group_id`, `privilege_id`) VALUES (218, -4, 39);public function up()
    // inserting into Privileges
   $Rows = [
     'id'   => 39,
     'name' => 'admin_settings',
     'desc' => 'Admin Settings'
  $this->insert('Privileges', $Rows);
  // inserting into GroupPrivileges.
   $rows = [
    'id'    => 218,
    'group_id'  => -4,
    'privilege_id' => 39                                                 
  $this->insert('GroupPrivileges', $rows);

The Down Method

The down method is automatically run by Phinx when you are migrating down. We should use the down method to reverse/undo the transformations described in the up method.


DELETE * FROM  `Users`;

Equivalent Down method

public function down()
        $this->execute('DELETE FROM Users');

Since we have learned how to write migrations. Now we will execute the created migrations.

Configuring phinx.yml

When you initialize your project using the init command, Phinx creates a default file called phinx.yml.We can edit the database name, environment. We need to add the password for mysql user. The file looks something like this.Screenshot from 2016-07-18 07:56:13

Executing the migrations

To Migrate the database we use Migrate command. It runs over all the available migrations. Command to migrate for development environment is:

$ phinx migrate -e development

To migrate to a specific version we use the --target parameter or -t for short.

$ phinx migrate -e development -t 20110103081132

To know whether all your migrations have run successfully we use the status command

$ phinx status -e development

After migrating the database for engelsystem. The status command gives the following output.


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Import Excel File Data in MYSQL Database using PHP

In this post I will explain how to Import Excel Sheet Data in MySQL Database using PHP. If you follow the below steps we will successfully achieve the target.

For this tutorial we are going to work with a sample CSV file, which has the following fields. I will show an example of User Table of Engelsystem which contains the following fields Nick Name, First Name, Last Name, Email, Current City, Password, Mobile Number, Age.

Steps to Import Excel File Data in MYSQL Database using PHP

Step 1

First you have to create mysql database.

mysql> CREATE DATABASE engelsystem;

Step 2

Create table in your choosen database.

mysql> use DATABASE engelsystem;

The Table schema looks something like this.

 -- Table structure for table `User`
  `Nick` varchar(23) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
  `First Name` varchar(23) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
  `Last Name` varchar(23) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
  `email` varchar(123) DEFAULT NULL,
  `Age` int(4) DEFAULT NULL,      
  `current_city` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL,
  `Password` varchar(128) DEFAULT  NULL,               
  `Mobile` varchar(40) DEFAULT NULL,
  UNIQUE KEY `Nick` (`Nick`),

Step 3

create your php excelsheet data uploading file. This is a sample code which I used for my project.

Ex: import_data.php


function admin_import() {

  if (isset($_REQUEST['upload'])) {
    $ok = true;
    $file = $_FILES['csv_file']['tmp_name'];
    $handle = fopen($file, "r");
    if ($file == NULL) {
      error(_('Please select a file to import'));
    else {
      while(($filesop = fgetcsv($handle, 1000, ",")) !== false)
          $nick_name = $filesop[0];
          $first_name = $filesop[1];
          $last_name = $filesop[2];
          $email = $filesop[3];
          $age = $filesop[4];
          $current_city = $filesop[5];
          $password = $filesop[6];
          $mobile = $filesop[7];
// example error handling. We can add more as required for the database.

        if ( strlen($email) && preg_match("/^[a-z0-9._+-]{1,64}@(?:[a-z0-9-]{1,63}\.){1,125}[a-z]{2,63}$/", $mail) > 0) {
          if (! check_email($email)) {
            $ok = false;
            $msg .= error(_("E-mail address is not correct."), true);
// error handling for password        
        if (strlen($password) >= MIN_PASSWORD_LENGTH) {
            $ok = true;
          } else {
            $ok = false;
            $msg .= error(sprintf(_("Your password is too short (please use at least %s characters)."), MIN_PASSWORD_LENGTH), true);
 // If the tests pass we can insert it into the database.       
        if ($ok) {
          $sql = sql_query("
            INSERT INTO `User` SET
            `Nick Name`='" . sql_escape($nick_name) . "',
            `First Name`='" . sql_escape($first_name) . "',
            `Last Name`='" . sql_escape($last_name) . "',
            `email`='" . sql_escape($email) . "',
            `Age`='" . sql_escape($age) . "',
            `current_city`='" . sql_escape($current_city) . "',
            `Password`='" . sql_escape($password) . "',
             `mobile`='" . sql_escape($mobile) . "',");

      if ($sql) {
        success(_("You database has imported successfully!"));
      } else {
        error(_('Sorry! There is some problem in the import file.'));
//form_submit($name, $label) Renders the submit button of a form
//form_file($name, $label) Renders a form file box

 return page_with_title("Import Data", array(
  div('row', array(
          div('col-md-12', array(
                form_file('csv_file', _("Import user data from a csv file")),
                form_submit('upload', _("Import"))

Step 4

The view of import_data.php looks something like this. Now that import_data.php is up and running. Access it through server browser and select the excel file to be imported.Screenshot from 2016-07-08 23:43:43.png

Step 5

Prepare the excelsheet data and save it as .csv format.

Screenshot from 2016-07-08 23:50:30.png

Step 6

Now just browse the csv file and upload it.

Screenshot from 2016-07-08 23:53:23.png

Step 7

If we see the success message after importing. Then the data is successfully imported. We can also check whether the data is inserted in phpMYAdmin

Screenshot from 2016-07-08 23:56:40.png


Development: https://github.com/fossasia/engelsystem

Issues/Bugs: Issues

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