Progdupeupl (PDP) is a community of French programmers ; you can see the running version here.

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Language convention

The site being in French, user-interface strings are in french − there is no localization yet. However, to let others reuse our code, everything in the code should be in english (vars, funcs, methods, docstrings, comments), and we'd rather interact in english for development (bug reports, pull requests, etc.).

As for other style matters in the code, the PEP-8 Style Guide is a good base.


Progdupeupl (PDP) uses Django, a web framework for the Python programming language (we only support Python 3 now), but it also uses tools implemented in Ruby, and (optionally) with the Node.js Javascript framework.

You must have at least recent-enough versions of Python 3 (at least 3.3) and Ruby installed on your system, and installation instructions will depend on your operating system. Once you've set up those base dependencies, additional packages are installed through language-specific package managers which should work similarly on all systems.

Basic dependencies (system-dependent)

You should install Python 3.3 or 3.4, and the pip package manager. Under Debian/Ubuntu systems for example, you can use the following commands:

# aptitude install python3.3 python3.3-dev
# aptitude install python3-pip

You will also need Ruby, that on most systems come with its own package manager gem. Again on Debian/Ubuntu:

# aptitude install ruby

Installing Node.js and its npm package manager is optional, it is only needed if you want to run PDP in mode debug = False (with minified sources). You do not need it for development purposes.

# aptitude install npm

Virtual python environment (virtualenv)

The virtualenv tool is designed to avoid problem with incompatible Python versions or conflicting package requirements between distinct projects. It allows to set up per-project local environments, setting a preferred version of Python, and installing dependencies locally. To install virtualenv, simply run

$ pip3 install --user virtualenv

If you are in the progdupeupl directory, you can then create a local environment in a new subdirectory venv, asking it to use the python3 executable; if the Python 3 interpreter is named differently on your system, eg. python3.3 or python, you should change the name.

$ virtualenv --python=python3 --distribute venv

Each time you want to work on PDP, you should go to the progdupeupl directory and "activate" this virtual environment. Once the environment is activated, all Python tools will use it; for example they will use the python2 interpreter even if your operating system uses Python 2 by default. This will avoid you a lot of annoying version mismatches.

$ source venv/bin/activate

Do this now before installing further Python dependencies.

You can check that the environment has been activated correctly by printing the $VIRTUAL_ENV environment variable, and de-activate the environment to get back to your default Python system by just running the deactivate command.

Libraries and tools (system-independent)

All the python dependencies for PDP are listed in the file requirements.txt in the source repository. From the PDP directory, simply run

(venv)$ pip install -r requirements.txt

(This will install the full Django framework and a few separate modules, so it may take some time.)

Since South is not supporting Python 3 for its last release you will have to install the current dev version:

(venv)$ hg clone
(venv)$ pip install ./south/

Moreover, we use the Ruby programs Compass and Zurb Foundation to generate CSS files. You can install them with the gem package manager distributed with Ruby:

$ gem install --user-install compass zurb-foundation

To run compass and zurb-foundation, you will need to add ~/.gem/ruby/1.9.1/bin to your $PATH.

Finally, if you want to navigate in mode debug = False, then you will need to have yuglify on your system in order to compress CSS and JS sheets.

$ npm install yuglify

First run

From the project's root, you will need to run the following Make target:

(venv)$ make bootstrap

Once everything is synced, you can then run a test server on your local machine:

$ # activate the virtual environment (no need to repeat this in a given session)
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ # run the server
(venv)$ python runserver

The test instance should be available at http://localhost:8000. It will automatically update its behavior if you edit the code of the project. Enjoy, and send us lots of good patches!

Running background tasks

In order to generate PDF files using a background task scheduler named celery, you will need to start it. A shortcut is provided in the Makefile, simply type:

$ make celery

And the celery server will start. You will also need Pandoc as PDF generator from Markdown sources.

Filling your local database with data

If you want to fill the database with fake data, you can import them from fixtures. You only have to run this command:

(venv)$ make loadfixtures

It will create:

  • the forums' and tutorials' categories.
  • 6 users and their profiles.
  • 2 topics with 3 posts on each one.
  • 1 private message.

You can login with these dummy users using their lowercase usernames as their respective passwords.

Updating the local data after schema change

If you add new fields to a, Python will complain that the database schema is out-of-date. To fix this, perform a schema migration using the two following commands, replacing forum in the line APP=forum with the subdirectory of pdp in which you made the modifications (article, forum, gallery, member, messages, pages, tutorial, utils...):

(venv)$ APP=forum
(venv)$ python schemamigration pdp.$APP --auto
(venv)$ python migrate $APP


If you want to build the documentation, you will need to install Sphinx 1.3 for its support of Google docstrings format. Since this version is 'till not released, you will have to manually download a Sphinx snapshot on their website, uncompress it and and tell PIP to install it from local folder:

(venv)$ pip install ~/tmp/birkenfeld-sphinx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/

Then, you need to set an environment variable in your shell in order to make the documentation generation work (because of Django's settings handling) and run the makefile :

(venv)$ cd doc/
(venv)$ export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=pdp.settings
(venv)$ make html

Progdupeupl is brought to you under GNU Affero General Public Licence version 3+. For further informations please read the COPYING file.