Getting Your Computer Ready for Web Programming
You are getting ready for your programming boot camp. You got your PC or Laptop or Mac. This article is about getting your computing device up and running with the essential software and related things.
Note : This post is a sequel to my earlier post — Getting Ready For Your Coding Boot camp Classes
Note 2 : This post is part of my own web programming boot camp. More details here.
Editor — Visual Studio Code
You will need to write your HTML, CSS and JS using an editor. I strongly recommended the editor I use and recommend — VS Code.
Browser — Firefox or Chrome or Your Choice
The code you write, you need to debug and see the output. I strongly recommend the browser I use — Firefox.
Node JS is essential as it helps to run localhost servers easily, among other things.
Note : Use the LTS version on the website.
Localhost Server — HTTP-SERVER node package
There are many localhost packages that are available for node JS. I recommend this lightweight package called http-server.
Cloud — Azure or AWS (optional)
Once you build your web app, you may wish to show it to the world. For that you need to deploy it on a web app, usually free web app. You can use Azure, AWS and many similar cloud providers for that.
Postman — API testing (optional)
Inevitably, you will end up consuming JSON web api servers as part of your boot-camp. For API testing and consuming, Postman is the best.
CodePen — Code Anywhere (optional)
If you want to code directly in a browser (I personally dont like it, but many people do), you could simply use CodePen and skip most of the above steps.
The above are the tools I use almost everyday and using for years. I also use them in my training sessions.
Hope it helps.
Note : If you are following my tutorial, then, the next step after doing all the above, is at this link — Hello World — HTML, CSS, JS with Bootstrap