Software to Install or Configure (and/or update as needed)

Recommmended for Everyone

  1. Zoom Client

    Be sure that you have the latest version of the Zoom client. Older versions may not have some of the features we’ll need for this course.

    If you click on “About Zoom” inside zoom, you want a version that is 5.4.7 or later.

    Download it here:

  2. UCSB VPN Client (Pulse Secure)

    What it does:

    • Reroutes all your network traffic through the UCSB network, so that it appears that your machine is directly connected to the UCSB Campus network

    What it allows you to do:

    • Access the textbooks for the course online without having to buy them.
    • Mount your CSIL home directory as a shared network drive using Samba

    Where to get it:

  3. Samba Access to your CSIL home directory

    What it does:

    • Mounts your CSIL home directory “as if” it were connected directly to your computer.

    What it allows you to do:

    • Click on files on CSIL and open them in software on your own machine (e.g. an editor such as Sublime Text, VSCode, or a web browser.)

    Where to get it:

    • You don’t have to download anything (though you do need the UCSB VPN Client first)
    • Instead, follow the instructions here:

      Platform Text Instructions YouTube Video Instructions
      MacOS Text Video
      Windows Text Video
      Linux (ask staff)  
  4. VSCode Text Editor for your local computer

    While vim and emacs are perfectly fine for the work you may have done in CS16/24/32, when it comes to professional level application development, it’s time to graduate to some more professional tools.

    We have found that VSCode (a free download for Windows/Mac/Linux) is in the sweet spot between too few features, and too complicated.

    If you haven’t worked with it before, we suggest you download it and start getting used to it.

    What it does for you:

    • Autocompletion
    • Syntax highlighting and checking
    • Automatic import detection
    • Ability to see an entire directory tree at once
    • Search and replace across multiple files
    • and much much more…

    Download it here:

Recommmended for MacOS Users

  1. Brew (package manager)

    For MacOS, we’ll be installing several packages for Java and JavaScript (node) development.
    In many cases, installing those is easier if you first install the brew package manager.

    To install brew, visit and follow the instructions.

  2. Java 11

    Yes, we want Java 11. Not 12, Not 13, Not 14, and Not 15. Java 11.

    To install Java 11 using brew, do this:

    brew update
    brew tap AdoptOpenJDK/openjdk
    brew cask install adoptopenjdk11

    On later upgrades (e.g. from 11.0.6,10 ->,1) use:

    brew update
    brew cask upgrade adoptopenjdk11

    To check if you now have Java 11, open a new Terminal window and do:

    java -version

    If it worked, you should see something like this:

    # java -version
    openjdk version "11.0.2" 2019-01-15
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment AdoptOpenJDK (build 11.0.2+9)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM AdoptOpenJDK (build 11.0.2+9, mixed mode)
  3. Maven

    After installing Java 11, do this to install maven:

    brew update
    brew install maven

    Or if you already have Maven installed, do this to upgrade your version to the latest one:

    brew update
    brew upgrade maven

    Then to check that it is installed, do:

    mvn --version
  4. npm

    To install npm, do:

    brew update
    brew install npm

    Or to update to the latest version:

    brew update
    brew upgrade npm