The "UCS Bundles Standard Edition" distribution


Welcome to the UCS Standard Edition - a fully-functional Symfony2 Backoffice application that you can use as the skeleton for your new applications.

This document contains information on how to download, install, and start using UCS. For a more detailed explanation, see the Installation chapter of the UCS Standard Edition Bundles Documentation.

1) Installing the Standard Edition

When it comes to installing the UCS Standard Edition, you have the following options.

Use Composer (recommended)

As Symfony, UCS uses Composer to manage its dependencies, the recommended way to create a new project is to use it.

If you don't have Composer yet, download it following the instructions on http://getcomposer.org/ or just run the following command:

curl -s http://getcomposer.org/installer | php

Then, use the create-project command to generate a new UCS application:

php composer.phar create-project ucs/standard-edition path/to/install

Composer will install UCS and all its dependencies under the path/to/install directory.

Download an Archive File

To quickly test UCS, you can also download an archive of the Standard Edition and unpack it somewhere under your web server root directory.

Download composer (see above) and run the following command:

php composer.phar install

2) Checking your System Configuration

Before starting coding an using UCS, make sure that your local system is properly configured for Symfony.

Execute the check.php script from the command line:

php app/check.php

The script returns a status code of 0 if all mandatory requirements are met, 1 otherwise.

Access the config.php script from a browser:


If you get any warnings or recommendations, fix them before moving on.

3) Creating the database

Before launching your new UCS application you should create your database to ensure that all base tables have been set up for your project. You should have answered during the installation phase to some important questions about the database connexion parameters. If not you will have to edit your parameters.yml file.

UCS uses doctrine and is not supporting Propel at the moment. Create the database with Doctrine :

php app/console doctrine:database:create

Create the schema:

php app/console doctrine:schema:create

Load Default Fixtures from app/DataFixtures/ORM/loadUserData.php:

php app/console doctrine:fixtures:load --fixtures=./app/DataFixtures/ORM/loadUserData.php

Feel free to change the default user name and email in the fixtures file. If not the default login will be: admin and the default password: admin.

4) Browsing the Demo Application

Congratulations! You're now ready to use UCS.

From the config.php page, click the "Bypass configuration and go to the Welcome page" link to go to UCS login page.

By default, UCS is a full secured application which means that you cannot access the welcome page without being logged in. UCS Bundles do not need the UCS Security Component to work.

5) Getting started with UCS

This distribution is meant to be the starting point for your UCS applications, but it also contains some sample code that you can learn from and play with.

A great way to start learning UCS is via the Documentation, which will take you through all the basic features of UCS.

Once you're feeling good, you can move onto reading the official UCS Book.

A default bundle, UCSDemoBundle, shows you UCS in action. After playing with it, you can remove it by following these steps:

  • delete the src/UCS directory;

  • remove the routing entry referencing UCSDemoBundle in app/config/routing.yml;

  • remove the UCSDemoBundle from the registered bundles in app/AppKernel.php;

  • remove the web/bundles/ucsdemo directory;

What's inside?

The UCS Standard Edition is configured with the following defaults:

  • Twig is the only configured template engine;

  • Doctrine ORM/DBAL is configured;

  • Swiftmailer is configured;

  • Annotations for everything are enabled.

It comes pre-configured with the following bundles:

All libraries and bundles included in the UCS Standard Edition are released under the MIT license.