Web Onboarding - Training - Overview

A guide to onboarding new employees regarding skills and environment.

Setting up your workstation

One of the first things you'll want to do on your first day is get your workstation setup. We start all new developers with a Mac OS X workstation that's setup blank. You'll need to do some legwork to get our development environment setup, which will help you learn how everything is connected.

Step 1: Get Admin Access

You will need admin access on your computer to use it for web development. You can do this two ways:

  1. Ask your supervisor to grant your regular account (e.g. cjmaio) admin access on the machine.
  2. Ask your supervisor to create and grant you an administrator account (e.g. cjmaio-a) admin access on the machine.

Regardless of which method you take, you need to have it completed before you move on to the next step. If you do not have admin access, go ahead and start on the learning tutorials until the access has been granted.

Step 2: Setup Your Workstation

Generate a new SSH Key Pair

Next, to get up and developing quickly the process of downloading, installing, and configuring the development environment has been automated as much as possible. To begin open the terminal and issue the following commands:

cdgit clone git@git.sa.uwm.edu:lyonp/utilities.gitcd utilities/workstation_setup./setup.sh

You may be prompted to accept Apple's license agreement or click next to progress through the Docker installation.

Step 3: Getting WordPress

While you're working here, you'll likely be working on WordPress themes or plugins. We can setup a WordPress environment within Laravel Valet.
Follow these instructions to get WordPress setup on your machine.


  • Editors and IDEs
  • Version Control System
    • Git version control system. There are others out there such as CVS, Subversion, Bazaar, and Mercurial but Git is a standard and already installed on your machine.
  • Git Clients
  • Database Management
  • Other Development Tools
    • Composer a PHP dependency manager.
    • NPM is a package manager for Java Script.
    • PHPUnit used for writing test cases.
    • Webpack takes all the web application's dependencies and bundles them for easy reference.
    • XDebug is a PHP extension that allows you to stop code execution and examine the variables in memory using an IDE or plugin.


Getting an application started

When you are ready to work on your first application read the article above, Application Development Workflow.
When creating a Laravel project make sure to use our Shibboleth plugin for the users, groups, and user_group table. Shibboleth powers UWM's 1Login system and allows for handling authentication outside of the application.


Keywords:Saits, sa its, Student Affairs IT Services, onboarding, "new developer", "new student", environment, web, setup   Doc ID:45213
Owner:Paul L.Group:UW-Milwaukee Student Affairs IT
Created:2014-11-21 16:00 CDTUpdated:2018-03-21 13:16 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Student Affairs IT
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