Installfest

Welcome to Burlington Code Academy!

Before the class starts, please install the following:

  • VS Code text editor
  • Node.js
  • Git

and sign up for accounts on:

  • GitHub
  • Heroku

Are you on a recent model Mac? Skip to the Mac Homebrew section to install Node and Git, then come back here for GitHub and Heroku.

VS Code Text Editor

  • Install VS Code from Microsoft https://code.visualstudio.com
  • Here's a VS Code Overview for you to read later
  • OPTIONAL: Launch VS Code, then type
    • MacOS: CMD-SHIFT-P
    • Windows: CTRL-SHIFT-P
      • then type "install" and select " Install 'code' Command In Path "
      • Now you can type code . from the terminal to open the current dir!

Node.js (JavaScript)

  • Install Node.js from https://nodejs.org/
  • version 12.X.X Current is preferred (the button on the right side)
    • run node -v in terminal to check
    • if you can't install v12, anything past 10.X.X LTS is probably okay

Git

GitHub

Heroku


Windows Only

Cmder

  1. Visit https://cmder.net
  2. Click "Download Full"
  3. Save the ZIP file and unzip it into your home directory or into C:\cmder
    • if your username is Alice you should now have C:\Users\Alice\cmder\Cmder.exe
  4. Right-click Cmder and select "Create Shortcut"
  5. Click and Drag that shortcut to the desktop
  6. Double-click the shortcut to open the terminal
  7. Press Win-Alt-P (or select "Settings..." from the window's menu) and change the "startup task" to {bash::bash} cmder

VS Code Terminal

  1. Open VS Code
  2. Press Crtl-Shift-P, and type in Default Shell
  3. Choose Git Bash

MacOS Only

Mac Homebrew

Homebrew is a package manager for MacOS that lets you install tools directly from the Terminal. Once it's installed, it's generally easier to use Homebrew than to use a web browser and graphical installer app.

These instructions are for recent versions of MacOS. If these do not work for you, don't worry; cancel out and follow the instructions above instead.

XCode Command-Line Tools

  1. Open Terminal and type

    xcode-select --install
    
  2. On the dialog box, click the Install button

  3. Wait several minutes for the download to complete

Homebrew

  1. Visit https://brew.sh
  2. Copy the entire line underneath "Install Homebrew"
  3. Open Terminal and paste
  4. Enter your password and hit Return as prompted

NodeJS and Git

Open Terminal and type the following:

brew install node
brew install git

If all goes well, sign up for GitHub and Heroku using the instructions above.