Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Getting started with Heroku and Spree: Part 1 - Installing Snow Leopard [GUIDE]

At Gunner Technology, we have found that if we give a little, we usually get more in return.

Here's what I mean. Most of our clients know nothing about the Internet other than some buzz words around it. Giving them specs, bids, wireframes, sample recommendations, etc isn't very powerful.

We've found that building a prototype and showing them examples of what we want to do is about five times more likely to end in a relationship than if we try to tell them what we want to do.

This means banging out a WordPress site on a shared host. Setting up a Twitter account and faking interaction, promotions and messages.

Right now, we're working on forming a relationship with a Mexican restaurant. They don't have a Web site, and we feel they could see a 30% increase in sales by taking orders online, registering their site with Yelp, Google and Bing and implementing a Twitter/Foursquare marketing campaign.

So, we're going to put together a demo site for them using Spree and we'll host it for free with Heroku.

We also have a new MacBook Pro we're going to set up from scratch to get this started, so we figured we'd take you through the whole process, step by step.

This is part 1: Installing Snow Leopard
  1. Insert Install Disk
  2. Restart your machine
  3. Immediately when your machine starts up, push the "option" key
  4. This should bring up all bootable options. Pick the DVD
  5. Pick English and your language and click "Next"
  6. Click "Next" again
  7. Click "Agree"
  8. Choose "Disk Utilities" from the "Utilities" drop down menu.
  9. This will open a menu of your available drives. Select your main hard drive and click the "Erase" tab
  10. Make sure "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is selected in the format drop down.
  11. Put a name in the name box. I used "gunner-technology-1".
  12. Click erase. This will remove everything from your computer.
  13. After it's finished, close the disc utility window
  14. The DVD will find all available drives on which the operating system can be installed. Pick which one you want and click install
  15. Go get some coffee this is going to take about 30 minutes.
  16. When this is done, select your country and click "Continue"
  17. Select your Keyboard and click "Continue"
  18. I don't want to transfer anything so I chose "Do not transfer my information now" and clicked "Continue"
  19. If you have a wireless network, choose it, it not, click "Different Network Setup"
  20. If you have an Apple ID, enter your credentials. Click Continue either way.
  21. Fill out your registration information and click "Continue"
  22. Answer a few more questions and click "Continue"
  23. Fill out your credentials for your local account and click "Continue"
  24. Once you're up and running, you're going to have to install Xcode either from the install disc or download it for free.
  25. Also, download MacPorts
  26. Run the following commands in terminal:
  27. sudo port install readline-5 && sudo port install openssl && sudo port install zlib && sudo port install ImageMagick
That's it you're now running Snow Leopard.

Next time, we'll set up Ruby.

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