CS 140 Online

November 6, 2006

Welcome to CS 111

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Gilbert @ 6:10 pm

Welcome to CS 111 for Spring 2006. Here is where I’ll put the class welcome page with instructions for starting and doing well in the class.

January 2, 2006

Step 1: Insert Disk 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Gilbert @ 12:42 am

Step 1: Insert Disk 1

Originally uploaded by Stephen Gilbert.

I know, I know. Duhhhhh! But, all instructions have to start somewhere. When you first insert the Visual Studio 2005 CD, you’ll be shown the fancy splash screen shown here, and given the opportunity to Install Visual Studio 2005, or View the ReadMe file by clicking the button at the bottom of the screen.

As you can see, the rest of the options are greyed out. Unless you have some great desire to see the ReadMe, just click on the Install link and move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Surrender Your Firstborn

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Gilbert @ 12:41 am

Step 2: Surrender Your Firstborn

Originally uploaded by Stephen Gilbert.

The EULA (End User LIcensing Agreement) dialog is your next step. It’s not quite that bad, but you might just want to carefully read through the licensing agreement, shown here, before you click OK.And, while you do, there are two things you’ll want to keep in mind:

1. At least you didn’t spend $1,200 and find you still have to sign away your inheritance along with all future theme-park rights to any applications you create.
2. This is one of those “offers you don’t refuse” situations; if you don’t agree, you can’t use the software. Sorry.

You’ll also need to enter the license key you received when you got your disks. (I believe that this comes with the email that’s mailed to you after you pick up the disks, but check with the Computing Center Help Desk to make sure.)

Set Your VB Options

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Gilbert @ 12:41 am

Set Your VB Options

Originally uploaded by Stephen Gilbert.

If you’re in CS 142 (VB.NET), then you’ll want to set the VB options to enable Option Explicit and Option Strict. Both of these prevent VB.NET from implicitly declaring variables or converting between types, something it has a habit of doing when you least expect it or appreciate it. You’ll thank me later.

Turn on Line Numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Gilbert @ 12:40 am

Turn on Line Numbers

Originally uploaded by Stephen Gilbert.

Finally, expand the Text Editor section, click on All Languages, and put a check in the Line Numbers checkbox. Heaven knows why this isn’t checked by default. I can’t imagine seeing my source code without line numbers, especially once your files get fairly large.

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