Welcome to Burlington Code Academy!
Before the class starts, please install the following:
- VS Code text editor
and sign up for accounts on:
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!
- Install Node.js from https://nodejs.org/
- version 12.X.X Current is preferred (the button on the right side)
node -vin terminal to check
- if you can't install v12, anything past 10.X.X LTS is probably okay
- Install git from https://git-scm.com/downloads
- Sign up for an account at https://github.com/
- Install the GitHub Desktop app at https://desktop.github.com/
- Add an SSH key to your GitHub account; follow these instructions: https://help.github.com/articles/connecting-to-github-with-ssh/
- Sign up for an account at https://signup.heroku.com
- Install the Heroku Command Line Interface (CLI) at https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli
- Visit https://cmder.net
- Click "Download Full"
- Save the ZIP file and unzip it into your home directory or into
- if your username is
Aliceyou should now have
- if your username is
Cmderand select "Create Shortcut"
- Click and Drag that shortcut to the desktop
- Double-click the shortcut to open the terminal
- Press Win-Alt-P (or select "Settings..." from the window's menu) and change the "startup task" to
VS Code Terminal
- Open VS Code
- Press Crtl-Shift-P, and type in
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
Open Terminal and type
On the dialog box, click the Install button
Wait several minutes for the download to complete
- Visit https://brew.sh
- Copy the entire line underneath "Install Homebrew"
- Open Terminal and paste
- 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.