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Community Data Science Workshops (Spring 2014)/April 5th OSX project dependencies

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In this section, we'll download everything we need for tomorrow's projects.

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ColorWallEdit

 

Download the ColorWall projectEdit

You'll be writing graphical effects for an existing ColorWall project. Download this ColorWall code and example effects so you're ready to start working with them tomorrow:

  1. Right click the following file, click "Save Target as..." or "Save link as...", and save it to your Desktop directory: http://mako.cc/teaching/2014/cdsw/ColorWall.zip
  2. The ".zip" extension on the above file indicates that it is a compressed Zip archive. We need to "extract" its contents. To do this, find ColorWall.zip on your Desktop and double-click on it. That will create a folder called ColorWall containing several files.

Test the ColorWall codeEdit

Start a command prompt and navigate to the Desktop/ColorWall directory where the ColorWall code lives. For example, if the ColorWall project is at ~/Desktop/ColorWall,

cd ~/Desktop/ColorWall

will change you into that directory (the "~" means your home directory!), and

ls

will show you the source code files in that directory. One of the files is "run.py", which has a ".py" extension indicating that it is a Python script. Type:

python run.py

at the command prompt to execute the run.py Python script. You should see a window pop up and start cycling through colorful effects. If you don't, let a staff member know.

Now type:

python run.py -a -s

at the command prompt to execute the run.py Python script so that it runs only the advanced effects. You should see a window pop up and start cycling through different colorful effects. If you don't, let a staff member know.

You can also run both sets of effects by typing:

python run.py -a

Success!Edit

You've completed setup for the ColorWall project.

WordplayEdit

 

Download the Wordplay projectEdit

We've written some skeleton code for the Wordplay project already. Download this code so you're ready to start working with it tomorrow:

  1. Right click the following file, click "Save Target as..." or "Save link as...", and save it to your Desktop directory: http://mako.cc/teaching/2014/cdsw/Wordplay.zip
  2. Find Wordplay.zip on your Desktop and double-click on it to "unzip" it. That will create a folder called Wordplay containing several files.

Test the Wordplay codeEdit

Start a command prompt and navigate to the Desktop/Wordplay directory where the Wordplay code lives. For example, if the Wordplay project is at /Users/mako/Desktop/Wordplay,

cd /Users/mako/Desktop/Wordplay

will change you into that directory, and

ls

will show you the source code files in that directory. One of the files is "words1.py", which has a ".py" extension indicating that it is a Python script. Type:

python words1.py

at the command prompt to execute the words1.py Python script. You should see a column of English words printed to the screen. If you don't, let a staff member know.

Success!Edit

You've completed setup for the Wordplay project.

State CapitalsEdit

We'll look at an example Python script that quizzes you on state capitals during the lecture on Saturday.

  1. Right click the following file, click "Save Target as..." or "Save link as...", and save it to your Desktop directory: http://mako.cc/teaching/2014/cdsw/state_capitals.py

Success!Edit

You are done installing dependencies for the Saturday projects.