Use the first class to work on the exercises below. No hand-in is required.
Form groups of two or three persons and enroll in one of the available groups on BB - ensure you pick a group name with your class name in it, so your TA can find you!
This course requires a lot of tools running on your machines and I provide two options for you. Either you use a pre-installed virtual Lubuntu Linux machine that has all tools; or you install the tool stack onto your machine by yourself. Either way, consult the Tools page for what to do. I will recommend using the VM if your machine has enough juice to run it at acceptable speed: Linux is something you ought to know as a software engineer.
gradle testin the root folder of the project. It should output something like
dev@m1:~$ cd proj dev@m1:~/proj$ cd hotciv-tdd-start/ dev@m1:~/proj/hotciv-tdd-start$ gradle test Starting a Gradle Daemon (subsequent builds will be faster) :compileJava :processResources NO-SOURCE :classes :compileTestJava :processTestResources NO-SOURCE :testClasses :test UP-TO-DATE BUILD SUCCESSFUL Total time: 7.607 secs dev@m1:~/proj/hotciv-tdd-start$
Several hand-ins will require delivering screencasts. If you have not made screencasts before, check out our group's ability to make such. Consult the Tools page that contains suggestions. If you have others, please report so on the web board, to get everyone going.
The course uses a concrete programming project, HotCiv, to illustrate central concepts from course curriculum: test driven development, design patterns, compositional design, frameworks, systematic testing, and remote method calls.
The project, when finished, will be a framework for designing variants of a Civilization type game, quite a few simple variants, and one variant that is (nearly :) playable, and includes a functional graphical user interface.
If you have never played any "God type games" like Civilization, Rise of Nations, Command and Conquer, StarCraft, etc., I suggest that you "play around with them" a bit. You can find playable demos of many of them, and ultimately there is FreeCiv (full free conversion of the original Civilization game for major platforms).
Start on the Iteration 1 exercises which is next weeks mandatory.