This page aims to help beginners to set up their PC for programming. All recommended tools are free, stable, and widely used even by experienced programmers and designers. In the end, we will build a popular open-source project using the downloaded tools.
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- A modern editor - VSCode
- Python - a modern script language used for many types of projects
- GIT - a command-line tool used to download sources from Github
We need this software to visualize and edit the sources, execute our projects and investigate the issues that might occur during the programming process.
Installing NodeJS unlocks access to a huge ecosystem that exposes
many tools and libraries we can use in our projects:
To get started with NodeJS please access the official website and download a version compatible with your operating system
- Basic programming: using strings, adding numbers, open files
- Writing system scripts (creating instructions that tell a computer system to “do” something)
- Back end (or server-side) web and mobile app development
- Desktop apps and software development
- Processing big data and performing mathematical computations
Python can be downloaded from the official website. Choose the installer for your operating system, download, and click a few times.
$ python --version Python 3.7.2 <-- All Good
Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Using GIT we can clone/download and manage projects from Github and BitBucket with ease.
To check the installation, feel free to open a terminal and type
git --version git version 2.28.0.windows.1 <-- All Good
To make this short tutorial useful, we will build in the local environment a popular open-source project from Creative-Tim: Material Kit (free version) with a few commands typed in the terminal. Material Kit is a Free Bootstrap 4 UI Kit with a fresh, new design inspired by Google's material design.
To build locally this amazing product, we will follow up a simple setup: clone the sources from the public repository (Github), install modules, and start the template. Let's go!
Step #1 - Clone the sources
$ git clone https://github.com/creativetimofficial/material-kit.git $ cd material-kit
Step #2 - Install project dependencies (this might take a while)
$ npm install
Step #3 - Start the project
$ npm run start
If all goes well, we should see Material Kit starter running in the browser:
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