[chuck-users] Complete and utter Newbie

Kassen signal.automatique at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 13:04:06 EDT 2010

> > Messing around with my terminal seems scary, am I likely to blow my
> computer up??
> If you are not comfortable with the Terminal, give the miniAudicle a try
> http://audicle.cs.princeton.edu/mini/mac/
I was just about to say the same; "the mini", as we affectionately call it
makes sure you don't need the terminal and it already has a Virtual Machine
and a simple editor build in so there is less need to figure out how the
editing and the running of programs interact as a lot of that is already
there for you. With friendly icons.

>From there on I'd skim over the manual briefly, then run some of the
examples that came with your download. Once you  can run those you can try
editing them and see how they change. If something is unclear I suggest
looking that up in the manual, if you can't find it post here. That will get
you a answer and will get us feedback on what issues the manual has. If the
whole thing crashes that's not your fault; it shouldn't crash so report on
any crashes you get to this list. Basically all of that is win/win for

Posting any especially fun bits of code is good too,

Oh, and you can't blow up your computer from the terminal, at least not
casually. Anything that might blow will need your "root password". You can,
of course, erase whole directory structures from the terminal, but you won't
do that by accident. in case of doubt there are many good web pages that
summarise the most important features of the "bash" shell (which is what
your terminal is).

Happy ChucKing, and remember that if you can't find the answer yourself with
a bit of looking it's clearly not a dumb question.

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