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Javascript Installfest

This is a set of step-by-step instructions for setting up tools for Javascript development on Mac, Windows, or Linux computers. Originally developed for the Railsbridge Workshops, it is a community-supported open-source documentation project. If you want to contribute, click the [git] link at the top-right corner of any page and submit your change on GitHub.

Step 1: Prepare for the Installfest

You must bring:

  • Your laptop. You need to have a working wifi connection, a browser and an email account you can readily access.
    • If you have a choice between a Mac and a Windows laptop, please bring the Mac.
    • Linux is an acceptable alternative, but the Installfest is only tested on Ubuntu.
  • Power cord for your laptop
  • If you already have an account on GitHub or Slack, make sure you know your username and password.

Possibly also helpful to bring:

  • Extension cord
  • Power strip
  • Camera
  • Snacks

Step 2: Don't Panic!

Even if you get stuck, please go through the rest of the instructions and download all the things you'll need. Bandwidth will be at a premium during the workshop, so it will help immensely to have everything on your laptop already.

There are a lot of steps, and the instructions may seem like they're in a foreign language, but: don't panic! By the end of the workshop, you'll know what everything is and how to use it.

Step 3: Read This Overview

Here's a list of tools you'll be installing. As you go through the workshop, we'll explain what each one is for and how to use it.

  • Google Chrome. A web browser with strong developer tools.
  • Slack. A communication tool for teams.
  • Git. A revision or source control system. It creates a repository, which is a complete history of your programming changes, so you can undo changes and roll back to previous versions of your work if something has gone wrong.
  • GitHub.
  • Atom. To write programs in Javascript, you need a text editor to create, edit and save Javascript files.

If you've already installed the above tools and are confident they are setup correctly, make sure you are a member of the Denver-Railsbridge slack channel (link). Then, skip ahead to the Create a Webpage step.

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