The SWEA course is focused on realistic, industrial, software development - and that means a lot of industrial strength tools.
The central tools you need are
All provided code will run on Java 8 and (probably) newer versions.
There are basically two paths for getting the toolstack:
In later years, I have simply stopped developing on my Windows machine - I do that in Lubuntu Linux VMs instead to keep my own machine clean.
M51 is a Lubuntu based VM. Ubuntu/Lubuntu are widely used Linux distributions and are thus also a perfect learning vehicle for getting to know Linux that is the OS for open source server systems...
To get going, you have to
Why 'M51'? It is the old Messier catalogue number for the Whirlpool galaxy, which is the background picture of the VM. I have a degree in astronomy way back...
The source code for the mandatory project is already installed, in folder proj/hotciv-tdd-start, and IntelliJ 'knows' it.
I have made screencasts of starting a Lubuntu VM - it is for an earlier course, but the process is the same for M51. You can find them here
The source code for the mandatory project is already installed, in folder ~/proj/hotciv-tdd-start.
And... You will in Mandatory Iteration 2 need to get a AU GitLab repository per group and get HotCiv under Git control. If this is new to you, you can consult the following video except for the exceptions mentioned below the link.
Import HotCiv into AU GitLabChanges compared to the video:
You will need Java, Gradle, Git, and an IDE.
Java JDK Standard Edition. You will need the 'JDK' to get the compile. Make sure you update your PATH environment variable so you can execute 'java' and 'javac' from a shell. On Ubuntu Linux you can 'sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk' and get everything you want.
Download it from https://gradle.org/install/. Again, Ubuntu linux is easier, just 'sudo apt install gradle' and it is working.
Search the net for 'Downloading Git' and you will hit
installation guides for all major platforms. For Ubuntu Linux,
sudo apt-get install git.
Personally, I use 'SourceTree' on Windows (nice graphical overview of branches, code diff, and nice stuff); and use the raw command line on Linux.
One annoying thing about git is that it constantly asks you for your git repository password. Avoid that by setting up its credential cache. These commands should do the trick:
git config --global user.name "(your name)" git config --global user.email "(your mail address)" git config --global credential.helper cache git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=7200' git config --global push.default simple
To import HotCiv into your Git repository, see the 'Git Importing' section above.
Find IntelliJ download page for how to get it for the major platforms.
To get HotCiv into IntelliJ, please follow the Import a Gradle project into IntelliJ guide.
If you run into problems, please check my intellij tutorials, and/or ask at the forum or at classes!
As a supplement to writing reports, hand-ins may require you to make a screencast: A video of your computer screen while you talk us through the actions you make.
I use BandiCam for recording (Windows) but it is not free. Students have over the years found and recommended tools, check out the following suggestions:
Hint: If your tool supports it, ensure that you turn on features that highligh the mouse and mouse clicks as this greatly enhances the TA's ability to view what you have been doing! In Bandicam, on the 'Video' tab, make sure to check "Show mouse cursor" and "Add mouse click effects".
If you start considering using video editing software, then I frankly think don't. If you are not used to a tool, it would take much more time to get acquinted with it, than to do the screen capture once more.
To let the TA view your screencast there are two options
A simple drawing tool is to write it on a whiteboard/paper, use your phone to take a picture, and paste it into your report! As long as you writing is easy to read, this is perfectly fine.
For more finesse, a UML drawing tool is handy to draw the required class and sequence diagrams for the exercises. I know there are free/open source tools, but have not experience regarding which is best. I myself use (an old version of) Visio.