Is there a VM anywhere with the things we need to install to complete these lessons already on it?

I have tried- quite a few times, in fact, and from a PC, a mac, and linux (first Kali, then Ubuntu)- to get the required packages/apps running to make my way through these lessons. I agree it's important to understand how to configure things, and as a developer those are skills you need going forward, but I find that getting lost in configuring all of the bits seriously detracts from learning from the lessons (especially in cases where I can't progress because something won't install/complete/etc.)

Posted almost 4 years ago by Will
Posted almost 4 years ago by Rob_iXchanj

I'm having similar issues here. I want to focus on application development and not getting bogged down in installing/configuring this and that. BUT...we have to learn all that too because that is web development.

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Posted almost 4 years ago by Alex Yang

I know what you mean, and I agree that the installation process can be extremely frustrating. I've always said that installation is often more challenging than the coding itself, so one way to think about it is that the initial setup is a rite of passage for all new developers. Once you get past that point, everything afterward is easier :-)

Unfortunately, there isn't a VM available, though some students prefer to use an online alternative like Nitrous or Cloud9. What I recommend is to install everything on a Mac, as you'll run into the fewest installation issues when compared to the other operating systems. I'm also happy to help, so just post a comment in the discussion thread beneath the video (preferably with a link to a screenshot of what you're seeing) and we can work through it together.

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Posted almost 4 years ago by Will

Thanks, Alex! I tried it on my work mac, and unfortunately I don't have the freedom to wreck it, so when I got stuck I just stopped. If I ever get a vm going I will put it out there for the world to access.

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Posted almost 4 years ago by Alex Yang

You won't actually be in danger of wrecking your Mac, but if it's a work computer, you could have more trouble if your company has firewalls or other corporate security measures in place. If you decide to give it another shot, just let me know and I'll be happy to help.

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