Because of the Corona pandemic I finally have time to take care of my little RolandRadio and since the beginning of March the project is making great progress. New servers, new homepage and the complete development from one source. If I used to use WordPress I now use Laravel and the possibility to implement new functions by myself. And I learn programming on the side.
Today i was in the Radio studio checking the network and adding a new WLAN Access Point. After searching for the equipment for a while I remembered that we put everything under the ceiling. And there we now also placed the new (but old) access point. After some stress with its configuration it is working fine and now we can use WLAN and also will have a guest network for visitors in the studio.
I am rebuilding the whole RolandRadio-System. New Server, new radio automation software, new homepage, new functionality. New everything.
First we have bought a completely new radio automation hardware. Some nice “games-pc”. All this modern stuff like SSDs, HDMI, 8.1 soundcard and everything build in an very very old 19 inch full-metal rack-case from the late 90s. Heavy stuff but horrible fast. Running Windows 10 and mairList 6.2 Professional for the radio automation. And a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. Total cost for this setup? Roundabout 600 euros for the hardware and about 1400 euros for the software. 2000 euros in total.
Thats what i call a nice hobby 🙂 But hopefully this invest will help run RolandRadio for the next ten years or so. The old system runs 24/7 since 2013 and is still running, but the mainboard is weak and reboots are kind of gamble. So new hardware is needed.
I’ve set up the hardware a few days ago and today i temporarily installed mairlist, the license, imported the database of the old (and still running) RolandRadio and started to clean things up to have a nice and stable chiptune-radio-station.
Also i have tested the stream and set up a new beta streaming-mountpoint on streaming.rolandradio.net called rolandradio2020. My own streaming server is running since the beginning and I should also update this server and add some https-protocol to it. But that’s hopefully the last thing i will do on this project later thisor next year.
So thats it for the moment. If you want to participate in any way on RolandRadio i will be happy to hear from you,
At the moment i build a new rolandradio.net radio station annd also move the whole old radio station data and music files to a new server system.
as the old radio station server conatins a lot of music not fitting the concept of rolandradio.net i first migrated all data, converted the database into the new mairlist 6.2 format and after that deleted all unwanted sound-files from my drive. Now i am deleting the obsolete database entries. This takes horrible long. As the path of the drive changed the database-manager tries to detect the file, times out and deletes the entry in the database. Nearly two hours of wasted time 🙂
First i installed XAMP 64-bit-version from https://www.apachefriends.org/de/download.html This package installs a web-server and a database-server, so the basics to do some nice online development in a local environment. As said i only installed Apache, mySQL-Server and FakeMail. No TomCat, no Mailserver, no Statistics, no Perl, cause no other packages are needed for my Laravel and mySQL-Project. If i want to test mail functionality later on i will use a real external mail server to be sure everything works as expected.
Add your software to your environment path
After installing XAMP i added php and mysql to the environment path of my user, so i can start php and the mysql command on every path i will be in my terminal. That is needed to run laravel artisan and other php-based commands from the shell.
To do this type “path” in your Windows search and start the system settings to add more directories to your path:
Install Node.js and Composer
Next i installed the current 64 bit version of Node.js from https://nodejs.org/en/ without any extras, following with the Windows Version of Composer from https://getcomposer.org/download/ – First entry on this page is “Windows Installer”. Load the .exe and install Composer. Make sure Composer finds your PHP-Directory from XAMP, which should be c:\xampp\php\php.exe but may differ in your setup and depends on the directory you installed XAMP first. No options where installed with composer either. Check in your terminal shell if composer is available with the command composer-V
Now install Laravel by typing composer globalrequire laravel/installer on your shell in your home directory
and add %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Composer\vendor\bin to your path. you can check your path with the command “PATH” and will get some like this result:
Create a new Laravel-Project
You can add a new project by typing laravel newprojectname but i prefer doing it on the IDE side, so i start up PHPSTORM and open a new Project. chose laravel/laravel as package, leave version on “default” to use latest Laravel version and just click create. Now wait some time and your first laravel project will be installed. This will take several minutes. Stay tuned. Don’ panic 🙂
After that PHPStorm asks if you want to install the npm dependencies. Yes you will. You can do it manual by typing npm install in your project directory. this also will take some time. oh, boy.
Finally check if everything is installed OK and start you laravel project by typing “php artisan serve” and check your localhost in your browser if there is a laravel page. you also will see the favicon served to your browser in the protcol of the laravel server
So that is a nice project I have supported a bit. Yes I know. It’s SID and not AY. But who cares. I’ve done a few SID-based things long time ago too. Not that good as this little 12 inch vinyl long-play, but who cares.
I was at Net&Work in Frankfurt / Main this weekend and I didn’t liked this event very much. But I met a nice guy also making music on Apple Mac with Logic X and so we talked a little. And after returning home I was in the mood for checking my synthesizers if they still work 🙂 And they do. So this is about one hour work in my little studio.
Oh yeah. Today i installed XAMPP into c:\xampp to work with a local environment at my Windows 10 Pro Computer. But instead of MySQL i wanted to use MongoDB.
After installing XAMPP i installed MongoDB Server Community Edition. First i tried to custom install the software at c:\mongodb but then the database service won’t start. So after messing around and trying to get it fixed i gave up and installed MongoDB with the default path into C:\Program Files\MongoDB Works perfect and the service is running without producing errors. I also downloaded MongoDB Compass Community Edition for having a nice visual database editor.