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XOOPS Cube Design Setting Up Your Workspace

gigamaster submitted 2008/1/31 5:40, published 2008/1/31 5:40 | 26560 views
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There's some stuff on XOOPS Cube forums about swiss psychologist Carl Jung the collective unconscious, and his theory of synchronicity. Some articles about creative chaos, anarchy, freedom and new organization model of XOOPS Cube to realize this Project philosophy. And many references to open source software.

You should know by now, how things are done but most of all, how do you get things done!

If you don't know yet, check the following blog article - Creativity : Right Brain vs Left Brain - that may help you to find out your dominant half ^^

"Being creative or artistic doesnt mean you know how to draw or play an instrument. Being creative is a way of thinking, a way of viewing the world."

Setting Up your creative environment 

1. Install a local server

2. Install XOOPS Cube Legacy

3. Install an IDE or WYSIWYG HTML editor

Open Source Software

"A portable application, or portable app for short, is a software program that does not require any kind of formal installation onto a computer's permanent storage device to be executed, and can be stored on a removable storage device such as a CD-ROM, USB flash drive, flash card, or even a floppy disk, enabling it to be used on multiple computers. This does not mean that it can be taken and used on a different operating system, processing platform, or another computer with completely different hardware (i.e., those that are not compatible with the software as stated by its requirements), so it is not to be confused with the concept of software portability, which is the ability for software to be run or compiled with little modification on diverse computing platforms. Ideally it can be configured to read its configuration files from the same storage location as the software program files."


/!\ We can find portable applications for almost everything! Visit wikipedia page to read more and get some links to useful software.

1. Install Apache, MySQL, PHP

Nowadays is really easy to setup such configuration required by most popular source applications.
Get Mamp for Mac or XAMPP also available to Windows and Linux and run it from your usb or hard disk.


The following example is one way among others to install Apache, MySQL and PHP.

I've download an easy and functional solution for Mac : MAMP

Install and run it.

You may want to define your "document root"
(where you will place XOOPS Cube files)

2. Install XOOPS Cube Legacy

Download XOOPS Cube : Package Legacy 2.1.3

Unzip to your "document root".

Launch Mamp, you can made it through the widget
Or run the distribution of your choice under Windows or Linux

From the server's homepage go to phpMyAdmin,
to create a new database, for example "XCL213"

On Mamp browse http://localhost:8888/
where you should see the XOOPS Cube folder

Click on XOOPS Cube folder and follow the Install wizard instructions.

Another easy solution

"XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start."


3. Install an IDE or WYSIWYG HTML Editor

"Eclipse is an open-source software framework written primarily in Java. In its default form it is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Java developers, consisting of the Java Development Tools (JDT) and the Eclipse Compiler for Java (ECJ). Users can extend its capabilities by installing plug-ins written for the Eclipse software framework, such as development toolkits for other programming languages, and can write and contribute their own plug-in modules. Language packs are available for over a dozen languages."

a) Installing an IDE
The following installation also applies to Linux/Mac/PC

Eclipse europa + xoops cube

Mac eclipse europa + svn

XOOPS Cube checkout CVS


b) Installing a WYSIWYG Editor
The following software is also available for Linux/Mac/PC

Nvu (pronounced "N-view") is a discontinued WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite and Gecko 1.7. It is a common WYSIWYG editor for Linux and is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver (although to date it is missing many features they possess). As a WYSIWYG editor, it is designed to be easy for novice users and does not require any knowledge of HTML or CSS to use.

 Another easy and portable solution


Install Firefox and some useful extensions alike dev toolbar


"A picture is worth a thousand words "

Understand Open Source Ecosystems

Delivery cube open source environment

Next Step : Layout css frameworks and graphic editors !

Have Fun ^^

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Re: XOOPS Cube Design Setting Up Your Workspace 
plusangel posted 2008/2/3 18:57

Another great article from Nuno.

Keep the lights on! We hope to find and follow your way :)

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