Thursday, May 11, 2017

Using git push to deploy code to DigitalOcean

There'll be times using a continue integration server or stack is a big pain in the butt. Sometimes we just want to type git push from the terminal and the live app is updated. This is that tutorial although specific to DigitalOcean. I'll bet it will roughly work the same for other cloud services.

  • You have a Digital Ocean server (or droplet) running and configured
  • You have the ssh to said droplet working
So ssh to the droplet and then navigate to /var/www (or anywhere else you want to put your code) and make two directories:

$ mkdir && mkdir appcode.git
$ cd appcode.git

Inside the appcode.git folder we will create a "bare" git repository: git init --bare
A bare git repository doesn't contain our code but rather the internals of the .git folder. The whole point of this is to access the hooks folder within.

The hooks folder have scripts that can be run at certain steps within the git repo's lifecycle. We want a hook script to run after we "receive" a push to this repo. Hence we create a post-receive file inside the hooks folder.

$ vi post-receive

# Type this in

git --work-tree=/var/www/ --git-dir=/var/www/appcode.git checkout -f

# save and exit
# make the post-receive hook executable

$ chmod +x post-receive

There! We are done for the server side. We move to the our local machines.

All we actually need is need is to add a remote target in your working git repo. Assuming you added the droplet in your local ssh config then the command should be look like:

$ git remote add droplet ssh://user@ip-of-droplet/var/www/appcode.git

# add a new commit - this will not work even if you existing commits
# you must have a new commit
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "new commit"

# push to repo - could be github or bitbucket
$ git push

# push to droplet
$ git push droplet master

If all goes to plan, then our code will show in our new "git work tree" which is the folder inside our droplet.

A couple more thoughts:
  1. It's fairly easy to setup a sort of staging or testing folder/area with this.
  2. The post-receive script can do more things like a "restart app" or send mail to admin for notification. It's just a bash script.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ghetto Python development with VS Code

Not everyone can afford Pycharm or Sublime or you just don't like the new Pycharm terms/license then this could be a alternative setup with Visual Studio Code.
  1. Install Visual Studio Code. It's has all the "f"s: fast, free, flexible, fowerful.
    Don't forget to install Python also.

    Tip: Install Python 3 unless you're maintaining legacy Python code then install Python 2
  2. Pick our plugins for Python. You can install plugins or extensions from the within VS Code; Just click on the "Extensions" button on the side menu or you can download them from the "marketplace" and install them manually. Go here for details.

    Here's our list of extensions.
    1. donjayamanne.python - our primary plugin so we can work with Python. It's got almost all the things we'd expect to make for a good Python IDE; Intellisense, Code formatting, refactoring, debugging, and linting.

      A word on linting though, The plugin doesn't come with it. You'll have to install your linting module like say Pylint or Flake 8 separately via pip. 

    2. Indent-raindow - Trust me, you'll need this. It makes seeing the code indents easier. 

    3. Jinja - This is an optional plugin. You'll probably only need this if you're working with a lot of Jinja templates.

      Don't forget to explore the marketplace for other customisations like themes.
  3. Start coding. Don't forget to make a virtual environment because VSCode does support them on a per project bases via a settings JSON file. Same with debugging.
  4. Push to a repo. VSCode already has a git client built-in so push your code to popular repos like Github, Gitlab or Bitbucket.
Code away!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Visual Studio 2017 Xamarin stuck if you didn't install the SDK and NDK

I ran into this bug when I was upgrading from Visual Studio 2015 to 2017. I included the Xamarin option But I didn't include the Android SDK and NDK. I removed them from the install list. I did this because I already have both installed.

The "hang" occurs then you try opening the Xamarin in the Options window. Visual Studio will stop working here so you can't set the paths for Xamarin.

So I went digging through the Xamarin logs in the AppData folder. I know where the log folder is from a previous issue with Xamarin. Xamarin is a good idea but it's buggy as fuck. So navigate to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Xamarin\Logs\15.0\ folder and see which is the latest log and open it with your favorite text editor.

Once we confirm, if it's really the missing SDK and NDK paths, we then have to add them to Window's Registry.
  1. Open regedit
  2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Xamarin\VisualStudio\15.0\Android
  3. Right-click and add new String Values
    • AndroidNdkDirectory - set it to the full path to where you install the NDK 
    • AndroidSdkDirectory - set it to the full path to where you install the SDK
  4. Close and restart the computer
And we should have fixed the issue.