In the first half of the semester, we’re going to work on becoming familiar with a handful of tools that should be useful as you conceive of, design, and build your projects for the course. We’ve tried to pick tools that allow you to get interesting things done, but that are reasonably approachable and easy to use.

Software to install

You should install the following software on your own computer so that you can use it in our exercises during the first half of the semester. (If you don’t have a computer of your own that you can use for this class, please let the professors know right away and we’ll try to help you make arrangements on your home campus.)


The following are web-based services that we’ll make use of this semester. All of these are free to use, but you will need to set up accounts.