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New software tools at club: ACTION REQUIRED (maybe)

posted Dec 12, 2016, 3:36 AM by David Miller   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 3:40 AM ]
Starting this week we are going to be introducing some new software packages to work with at the club. If you are in the habit of bringing your own laptop to club sessions, you will need to install these new packages on your laptop to work effectively. Some of the installations will require the administrator password on your machine, so please try to install them with a parent on hand if you don't know that password. It takes 15-30 minutes to do this set up.

The software is all free, and will be installed on the library computers this week. It is available for both Windows and Mac machines. But if you want to use it on your machine, you need to install them.

The first package is named PyCharm Edu


The installation instructions are linked from that site on the left-hand side.

The second package is Python 2.7


Most Mac machines have this installed already, but Windows machines typically do not. Either way, it doesn't hurt to install it again. Download the release that matches your machine and operating system, not the "source release".

The third package is named Flask.


The installation instructions for Flask require that you use the Python Package Index module, "pip". So first install pip:


And then use it to install Flask by opening a terminal window on your machine and typing:

$ pip install Flask

The final package is named Git.

Git should already be present on Mac machines. For Windows machines, you need to download and install it from 


Appending "/win" to this will start the download directly.

We're happy to help Coders set up their machines at the club, but unless they have Administrator access on their machine they will not be able to do the installations properly.

Otherwise, happy to help. Please send email if you have any questions.
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