After yesterday’s hubub/failure with Brackets, I’ve decided that I am a fool for not considering this option earlier. Instead of using a native, installed program, we’re going to go webapp and use Dabblet, a live code editor. This means you just need a computer and the internet for this workshop.
The caveat, however, is that you don’t have as much freedom over your file/files. This will make embedding external stylesheets, images, etc. a bit difficult. So, for some parts of the workshop, we’ll switch to a native program like TextEdit or Notepad++ or TextWrangler or Brackets if it becomes more stable in the near future.
But for right now, go ahead and play in Dabblet’s sandbox. Change the view, change from code to result, etc. One of the things you’ll notice is the ability to save if you’re logged in. It’ll ask to hook into your GitHub account. You may have never heard of GitHub. That’s alright. It’s like Facebook for programmers/web developers/coders. And like Facebook, you have your power users who are on there all day adding photos and status updates and general spam. Don’t be overwhelmed. Beginners are heroes in the GitHub community, and they’re always welcome.
I recommend you make a GitHub account, because it’s good to have even if you don’t contribute or add code. Follow some cool projects or developers by starring or watching repos (think FB photo albums).
Holler if you have any questions.