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00: Gearing Up

This exercise is currently under development, and you should watch the videos that I've created to find out how to install everything. What I'm doing is I am actually installing node and all the things you need in the videos. Then when those are done I will come back and write a textual description of how to do it. But in the beginning the videos are much, much better for seeing how to install something.

In the video for your platform I will show you how to install these three things:

These aren't very difficult to install, so you can probably figure out how to do it if you've done any software installation before. The only difficulty would probably be with finding your Terminal if you've never found it before. On Mac OS X it is simply called Terminal. On Windows it's called PowerShell. If you use Linux, I assume you know what your terminal is since usually so much work is done in Linux through the command line.

If you are an experienced programmer, then feel free to use any text editor you like and only install Node.

Installing ljsthw-bandolier

At the end of 2022 I created a tool to simplify the rest of this course called the ljsthw-bandolier. It's a very simple tool that solves a big problem with installing code for the project, such as all of the code used in this course. I wrote it to help install and manage the flagship web framework The Bandolier but it can be used to install any git repository to your system.

Since you'll most likely want the code--and you'll need this command in later sections of the course--we'll install it now and get all of the code for this module:

npm install git+
If you run this and you get an error on Windows about the SSL certificate being expired then run this:
git update-git-for-windows -g

This will open the graphical installer for windows. Follow the prompts, but when you get to the panel about whether to use OpenSSL or Windows Secure Channel, choose Secure Channel. Then close your cmdr window and start it again.

After this you should be able to use npm list to see the package ljsthw-bandolier like this:

ljsthw-bandolier@0.1.2 (git+

Then you can use a new command called npx bando-up to install projects for the course. Here's how you install the code for this module:

npx bando-up create --using js-level-1-code --keep-git ljsthw-js-level-1

This will checkout my js-level-1-code project to your local computer in the ljsthw-js-level-1 directory so you can refer to it if you get stuck. I highly recommend you only keep this around for reference, or to compare my code to yours if you're having trouble. I wouldn't work on the code in this directory unless you have a specific reason.

As of Dec 2022 these instructions and this tool is new. If you have any problems contact me immediately on Discord or email me at

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