Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for CS559

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We recommend using Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for doing the programming assignments in CS559. For other suggestions, see the tools page.

You will need to use some text editor for editing JavaScript programs and web pages (e.g., html and css files).

It is worth investing your time in learning to use good tools (like VSCode).

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)

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We will use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) for synchronous class meetings and consulting sessions. It is useful to take some time to set BBCU up so you can use it most effectively. Use this link to access it.


  1. Set it up correctly and test your audio/video beforehand
  2. Mute yourself (and turn off video) for “whole class” parts, except when you are talking
  3. Raise your hand if you want to speak to the whole class (breakouts can be conversational)
  4. Use chat, status, and emoticons to communicate when you are not speaking.
  5. The “room” for the lecture will open 15 minutes before class for pre-class conversation. There is a second “discussion” room that students can use outside of class time.
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