Install Google Chrome
- Download and install from Google Chrome
Why Google Chrome?
While it's important that you test in all the common web browsers, for the sake of common ground I will be using Google Chrome to teach the concepts covered throughout each course. To enhance your learning experience its required that you download and use Google Chrome for the duration of my classes.
Install Google Chrome Plugins
The following are plugins that I use in Google Chrome to provide additional functionality (e.g. guides, screenshots).
- Download and install from MAMP
There are server side technologies that make it easier for you to manage your website. In order to test these technologies out, you need to turn your computer into a Web Server. You could manually install these technologies one at a time (e.g. Apache the Web Server, MySQL the Database, and PHP the scripting language) - but MAMP makes it so easy to do it all in one. There are other all in one solutions, however, MAMP has always been the easiest to configure - and given that it is now cross platform (Windows and MAC), it is the best solution to teach from.
MAMP used to stand for Mac Apache MySQL and PHP, but they now have a windows version - so the first M is no longer as valid.