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WORKSHOP: Build an Open Source Dev Environment


What is the one thing that programming classes don't teach to set up a development environment!  We will be going through how to install a simple, 1 stop solution to being able to do Open Source Development with PHP (XAMPP).  In addition, we will also set up Eclipse to work with XAMPP for the best results.

I will be going through setting this up on Windows machines (sorry Mac users...).

****Things you need IN ADVANCE:

• Download, but don't install, Eclipse.  The link is: CLICK HERE (I suggest the Standard can add things yourself from there)

• Download and Install Java Runtime Environment, if you haven't already.  The link is: CLICK HERE

• Download, but don't install, XAMPP.  The link is: CLICK HERE (I suggest version 1.8.3)

If you have any questions regarding what to download, feel free to comment.  I will respond prior to the event.  BRING YOUR LAPTOPS.


Keep in mind as well that you will need to be ON TIME for this type of event, and please check in with the security desk when you arrive.

The address to our facility is:

Terraces South (building next to Perimeter Mall)

115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30346

We have a parking deck attached to the building. Please make sure you go to the main entrance. When you get off the elevators on the 8th floor, we are the only ones there. Go to the main entrance for entry to our class room. The easiest way into the facility is to turn left onto Perimeter Center Place from Ashford Dunwoody (coming from I-285). We are the second driveway past the McDonalds on the right.

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  • Barb P.

    Great workshop Zach. Thanks for the PPTx.

    June 17, 2014

  • Zach S.

    I just uploaded the PPTx file to the "Files" page for use. Sorry it took so long...had to update it with the fixes. If you are still having issues, I will make myself available before and after the next class.

    June 16, 2014

  • Larry D.

    Good class! I'm always open to different presentations and opportunities for learning.

    June 12, 2014

  • Char

    Zack, Great class. Learn something new yesterday and that is always a good think

    June 12, 2014

  • Nancy - Woodstock, G.

    How can we get the PPT from last night?

    June 12, 2014

  • Linda R.

    Excellent as always.

    June 12, 2014

  • Suzannah L. S.

    Thanks Zach for doing this. I enjoyed the class and learned some useful things :)

    June 12, 2014

  • Prakash

    Great class! Learned a lot and look forward to learning more about open source development.

    June 12, 2014

  • Retz J.

    a very good class, I can't wait to learn even more in future classes

    June 11, 2014

  • Michael G.

    Do you think we can make it from 6:30- and get done by 8:30?

    June 10, 2014

    • Zach S.

      As long as you download everything ahead of time, you should be good. The only time-consuming item is extracting Eclipse, which we will do immediately when everyone is in and up and running.

      June 11, 2014

  • PJ

    I was prepared to attend the 6/4 session however, I cant make the rescheduled session, I am wondering if this will this be offered again in the future?

    June 5, 2014

    • Zach S.

      I will be offering this class again. It will be added in to the web design track in the future. Need to get a good date for you, but I expect around the end of July, maybe start of August.

      June 9, 2014

  • Prakash


    I will try to download the items that you stated on my laptop. As you know, I am a teacher and have very little experience with these new technology. Do I have to have prior working experience to attend this session? I am interested in learning. Thanks!

    May 27, 2014

    • Zach S.

      All you have to do it download. I will walk you through the installation and set up.

      June 3, 2014

  • Zach S.


    June 3, 2014

  • Zach S.

    Don't forget, I will need you to download some things PRIOR to the class. You should bring your Windows based machine (you can bring a Mac, I just may not be able to help as much) and I will be happy to come around and help where needed. This will be more instructional.

    May 27, 2014

  • Linda R.

    This is perfect and I am so looking forward to this. I was going to ask you about this very thing after class, but had to go shut my laptop down.

    1 · May 22, 2014

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