CS 45: Software Tools Every Programmer Should Know
Classes teach you all about advanced topics within CS, from operating systems to machine learning, but there’s one critical subject that’s rarely covered, and is instead left to students to figure out on their own: proficiency with their tools. This course will teach you how to master the key tools necessary for being a successful computer scientist, such as the command line, version control systems, debuggers and linters, and many more. In addition, we will cover other key topics that are left out of standard CS classes, but that are essential to being a proficient computer scientist, including: security and cryptography, containers and virtual machines, and cloud computing.
This course meets in-person twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:50 at 300-300. The course is offered for 2 units on a S/NC basis. For more information about the course structure, visit the Course Info page.
Computer Setup & Software Installation
This course will have about a 50/50 mix of conceptual background and hands-on practice with the tools we’ll teach– this means you’ll need to be able to download and install software onto your computer (either your personal computer, or a computer you have access to). Click here for more information about setting up your computer and the kinds of software we’ll be using. (Let us know if this will present a challenge, e.g. if you’re using a chromebook or a very old computer, or don’t have access to a personal computer– we may be able to help 😄)
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Big thanks to the MIT CSAIL’s The Missing Semester of Your CS Education taught by Anish Athalye, Jon Gjengset, and Jose Javier Gonzalez Ortiz– The Missing Semester was the original inspiration for CS 45.