26 Mar 2012 [ 185 week11 ]

Don't forget we have a quiz this Tuesday! After the quiz, we'll just be taking care of installing a tool we'll be using the next few weeks.


Cygwin (see also wikipedia) provides an alternate command-line interface for Windows that provides a lot of the functionality available on Unix-like systems (like Linux or Mac OSX). We'll be focusing on using the Bash shell, so if you have access to a Linux or Mac OSX install, you can just use that if you want.

To install (or update your installation), run the Cygwin installer. This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide. The only part you really need to pay attention to is when selecting packages to install. Make sure you choose the following packages (we probably won't use all of these, but just in case), in addition to all the defaults:


Read and watch the lectures 1 and 2 in this series.