Development environment

One of the problems with on-line tutorials is that we’re all running on different operating systems with different tools installed.  I find it quite annoying that every tutorial has 15 pages of alternative OS installation routines before you get to the real subject.

The simplest way to get started is if we have a common development environment.  Doing this using open source tools is obviously the most accessible.  I thought it best to start with the machine, so installing a virtual machine (VM), with a common operating system (Ubuntu) and tools (Aptana Studio).

Download and install VirtualBox

Download the Ubuntu 14.04.1 ISO image

Set up a Virtual Machine using the Ubuntu image.

Install the Guest Additions (on the VirtualBox devices menu) in the VM to simplify use – reboot the VM once it’s installed.

Now, in the VM:

Add Terminal to the task bar

Run terminal and set-up the JDK and Chromium browser (needed for Aptana Studio) as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-chromium-builds/stage
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install default-jdk
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
sudo apt-get install git

Download Aptana Studio 3 

Extract it somewhere you like.  Run AptanaStudio3 and use the default workspace.

You should have something like this:

min web setup VM

Now shut-down the VM and create a snapshot so that you can always go back to this point if you need to later.

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