Preparing Your Laptop For CS5010

You will need to do the following things to get your machine ready for CS 5010. Please have these done before the first meeting of CS 5011. If you have difficulty with any of them, we will help you at the first lab meeting.

Please record the time you spend on this setup in your laboratory notebook, and turn in this notebook as part of your solution to Problem Set 00.

  1. Sign up for a CCIS account. Follow the instructions here. This may take up to 48 hours, so start this process as soon as you can.

    A word of advice: Once you choose a username, you can't change it, so choose wisely. Employers are likely to be communicating with you via your ccis username, so choose a name that is professional. Drinkzmore, for example, would be a bad choice.

  2. Sign up for CS 5010 on at Please use your CCIS email as your Piazza login. We will be using Piazza as our primary vehicle for online discussion. Be sure to read the notes about communication.
  3. Make sure your wireless is working. Make sure you can connect to one of the following networks:

    • NUWave: You will need your credentials. Available all over campus, but not on the upper floors of WVH.
    • NUWave-Guest: Like NUWave, but does not require credentials. You will need to accept the usage agreement every time you connect.
    • CCIS-Wireless: Log in with your myNeu credentials. You should be able to store your credentials so you only need to authenticate once. Available only in WVH.
    • CCIS-Wireless-Guest: Log in on a splash page with your myNeu credentials. Available only in WVH.
  4. Download and Install Racket on your laptop. Go to and download and install the latest version of Racket (v5.3.6, August 2013). Racket is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Choose the version that is right for your system.
  5. We will be using Github as our repository and version control system in this course. To use github, you will need to do a few things:

    1. Register yourself at Github. If you are already on github, you need not create a new account. We will be creating a web form where you can link your CCIS username, your husky.neu address, and your github accout.
    2. Go to to upload a picture of yourself to appear on github. This will be helpful to the course staff when we review your repositories.
    3. Download and install a github client. We recommend Github for Windows and Github for Mac. If you are using Linux, use the git package that came with your linux distribution.

Last modified: Sun Aug 18 22:48:48 -0400 2013