WebApp displaying which dining locations are currently open on George Mason University's campus

What's Open

Simple Django site displaying which dining locations are currently open on George Mason University's campus.

For more up-to-date information, view the What's Open wiki page.



Please join the #whats-open channel at srct.slack.com in order to chat with project members about how to contribute. There are pinned posts in the sidebar of that channel containing step by step instructions about how to get setup in addition to info about branches and the direction of the project.



What's Open needs all the help it can get. Even if you don't feel like you can be helpful with the heavily technical aspects, we definitely need designers and technical writers.

There are many things that can be done with this project (see the "To Do" section), but sometimes it's the small things that count, so don't be afraid of contributing just for a spelling mistake.

If you need help at all please contact any SRCT member. We want people to contribute, so if you are struggling, or just want to learn, then we are willing to help.

Set Up

To get started, you'll need the following installed:

Then type the following commands in your terminal (if you're on Windows, Cygwin is recommended).

git clone http://git.gmu.edu/srct/whats-open.git
cd whats-open/
virtualenv venv --distribute
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
python manage.py syncdb
python manage.py migrate website

More detailed info on installation can be found on the SRCT wiki

Running the Site Locally

Now that everything is set-up you can run the server on your computer.

python manage.py runserver

Go to in your browser and you should see the website. Though, there won't be any restaurants showing. You will need to add them to the database. Go to to add new Restaurant and Schedule objects to your database (the login would be the same username and password you entered when creating a superuser during the python manage.py syncdb command).

Modifying and Deploying Code

With the means of testing the website, you can really start contributing.

If you're new to Django and don't know where to start, I highly recommend giving the tutorial a try. However, it leaves out a lot of important things, so remember, Google is your friend. If you can't figure it out there, ask me.

For the JavaScript, I will be using jQuery whenever possible because I prefer it to straight up JavaScript. jQuery has great documentation and I've found Mozilla's documentation on JavaScript to be useful as well. But if your Google-fu is sharp, that should suffice.

Once you actually make your changes and have fully tested them you can push the code to the git repository. The best way to do this is to fork the project, make the changes in your local repository, push to gitlab, and submit a pull request.

There are many ways to use git, and this is one example:

git commit -a
git push origin master

Some more helpful links on how to use Git:

To Do

  • Get all restaurants displaying correct open times on the page. AKA. make extensive tests.
  • Sort by location view
  • Add times until opening/closing for restaurants that are close, and exact times for those that aren't.
  • Make page refresh, or more preferably have the data refresh. For example, with AJAX calls.
  • Create more useful API calls. Document them.
  • Allow switching between campuses. In the database, mark which campus each restauraunt is on, include this information in the JSON object returned at ajax/schedule and store the campus choice in the user's cookies so that when they come back the page will already be set to their campus. Default would be Fairfax of course. jquery-cookie would be useful for this.
  • What's open for everything on campus, not just campuses-- for the card office, library, gyms, tutoring centers, places off campus that accept Mason Money
  • I'm seeing an "IndexError: list index out of range" that doesn't apparently affect anything being tossed in the managepy output