Finals at Contra Costa College are over & we are immediately starting the hackathon. We have planned which house each team will stay in, ground rules for each house, the food to order, & times to check-in with each other. We have about 50 hours together in this event.
It wouldn't be a hackathon without technology, so each hacker is bringing a laptop, if they have one. We should be set with computers, internet, microphone, music.
During the hackathon, there will be a few teams, each working on their own project. We will be using [Google Hangouts] to make it seem like we are together. Every couple of hours we will have a scheduled check-in to update everyone of each teams' progress.
At the 1st check-in, things were quite chaotic. Many of us were running around the house or trying to figure out Hangouts, so we didn't really have anything progress-wise to report.
In team Goldilocks, we have 2 groups. The client side team & server side team. The client side team made a prototype in Unity within the 1st day, but the server side had some issues. We planned to do it in PHP, but needed to set up a server 1st. We spent the whole day trying to figure out how to setup an Apache server with PHP on Windows, since we don't have a permanent Linux box running. It seems Apache was not designed for Windows, so we had to find a specific old version of Apache that is compatible with a specific old version of PHP. It was a long hunt since we didn't have a good lead. Not only that, but the instructions to set up PHP on Apache was incomplete or non-existent.
For those who are interested in a Windows installation of Apache + PHP:
- Get Apache installer, version 2.0.64 [Here] (not the newer version)
Install it & note down it's path.
I found out Skype listens on port 80 [likely to bypass firewalls in strict offices].
* If you have Skype, exit it. Don't just sign out; make sure to quit the application before installing Apache.
* If something seems to be interfering with Apache's port, use [TCPView] to find the culprit; look under Local Port for http. Afterwards, run the Apache installer again & choose repair.
- Get PHP installer, version 5.2VC6 [Here] (not the newer version)
While installing it:
- Choose Apache 2.0.x Module
- Set the configuration directory to the Apache's "Apache2\conf\" directory
- Open "Apache2\conf\httpd.conf" with a text editor
* If you are on Vista or newer, you might have permission issues editing the file, so copy it somewhere you can edit, then replace with the updated file later.
- At the end of the file, there's a PHP segment. Update the values to point to the correct place, like:
#BEGIN PHP INSTALLER EDITS - REMOVE ONLY ON UNINSTALL PHPIniDir "C:/PHP" LoadModule php5_module "C:/PHP/php5apache2.dll" #END PHP INSTALLER EDITS - REMOVE ONLY ON UNINSTALL
If you pasted in the path, don't forget to replace the Windows "\" with the normal "/".
- [Optional] Change the DocumentRoot & DirectoryIndex variables if you need. Mine are set to:
DocumentRoot "C:/Apache/Web" DirectoryIndex index.php
DocumentRootis not the same asServerRoot. This caused me big trouble when I set the server's root to the web page root.
- Add Apache.exe to your firewall's exception list [located in: Apache2\bin\]
- Double click the Apache icon [red feather] in your tray, then stop & start your Apache server
The restart button gave me trouble, so I click stop then start instead
- If the instructions don't work or is not clear enough, comment below. Let me know.
That was our biggest road block in the 1st day. After a bit of rest, we should be ready to code.