Hey guys, a previous developer has run off and left my client with a binary, which I figured out was a tarball, the extension was removed - I think he was maybe making it purposefully difficult to rescue for some reason. Anyway, it looks like a dump of a Linux box, which contained a SilverStripe application (I've never used SS before, but I'm confident I can get the hang of it in a day or two, it's a CMS which is built on MVC design patterns, right? I see there is an ORM, so I'll delve into the code and get a feel for how it all hangs together).
She would like the SilverStripe app live again, so I'm looking at doing a migration (of sorts) on to a new box. It was an existing app that was running and it's just been dumped into a tarball of the entire box. Does anyone have an idea as to where I can look for documentation to get this back online? Any suggestions are very much appreciated.
Woah, that sounds like quite a painful action, leaving a binary
Let's start with docs, there's obviously http://docs.silverstripe.org, but without any background on what version or the custom code, there's not too much we can do to help beyond that right now
Yeah, the last developer was a real cowboy sorta fella, she doesn't really understand much technical jargon and he really left her in a mess. She's a friend of a friend, and I offered to have a look. Upon further inspection, it looks like a cPanel install with a SilverStripe application within the public_html. Problem is, last time I used cPanel was about seven years ago, everything I do these days is pretty much Laravel or Luman & a bit of WP and is either bare metal related, containers or virtualisation; so I might have to try and find someone else to take this particular project on. Yeah, I'll have a look through all the relevant documentation for the next couple of hours and see if I can make head to tail of it. Thanks for the input though @Firesphere.
Well, if you can extract purely the actual website part, you can re-host it anywhere, so that shouldn't be too big a problem in itself
And you could take the opportunity to get familiar with the SilverStripe framework, if you feel like learning a new/different framework 🙂
If you want/need, there are some good folks around here, so you could ask someone to help you (not free, but who knows?) and/or at least give you some insights on what the code is supposed to do, so you could either rewrite, or improve on it 🙂
@Firesphere I've dealt with extremely terrible codebases before, so I think I'll be okay 🙂 I worked on a project that had been originally outsourced to India and built on Yii1 MVC. There was a controller action that was in the thousands of lines of code. Thanks for the advice, I'll ask the relevant people as and when 🙂