Setting up a Basic Development Environment

Setting up a Basic Development Environment#

In this section we will prepare your development environment so that you can start writing some JavaScript. The main tools we will install include Visual Studio Code (VSCode), Node.js and Node Package Manager(npm).

If you already have a JavaScript development environment, please feel free to skip this section.

This software can be installed on MacOS, Windows, and Linux environments. If you need further guidance in getting these tools set up, please reach out.

Before Installing Software#

Before we download and install VSCode, Node.js and npm, let's ensure that you have a folder on your Desktop (or somewhere else on your computer) to can store projects you will work on.

I have created a dev folder in my desktop. All my projects are stored there.

Visual Studio Code#

Visual Studio Code is a free source-code editor that was created by Microsoft. It is a power development, supporting debugging, syntax highlighting, embedded Git, and several other features. It also has an embedded terminal and several extensions to enhance your coding experience. It supports several programming languages (e.g. JavaScript, php, Python, etc.).

To start the installation, click https://code.visualstudio.com. The page you land on should look something like this (the button labelled "Download for Mac" will vary depending on the machine and operating system that you are using).

 

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