These are some general best practise tips how to organize your seminar project.
Set up a git account
git is a software that safes your work on the internet so you can always go back to earlier versions if something goes wrong. A bit like a backup system, but also great for collaborative work.
- install the "git" software on your computer
- go to github.com (or try gitlab.org) and get yourself an account.
- make there a new repository, and name it e.g. my-sample-project
- if it's a Python project, select the pathon template for the .gitignore file (this will ignore typical python temporary files for upload).
- go to the main repository page, open the "code" dropdown button and cope the "clone" URL.
- On your computer in a shell/terminal/console, go where your project should reside (I strongly encourage to use a path without whitespace in it) and type
git clone <URL>
and the project folder should be created and is linked with the git repository.
- learn about the basic git commands by searching for a quick tutorial (git cheat sheet).
- install a python version, use version >= 3
set up a virtual environment
- enter your project folder,
- create a virtual environment that will contain all the python packages that you use in your project:
virtualenv -p python3 my-project_env
If virtualenv is not installed, you can either install it or create the environment with
python3 -m venv my-project_env
- then activate the environment
(might be different for other operating systems)
- you should recognize the activated environment by it's name in brackets preceding the prompt, e.g. something like
Get yourself a python IDE
IDE means 'integrated desktop environment' and is something like a very comfortable editor for python source files. If you already know and use one of the many, I wouldn't know a reason to switch. If not, I'd suggest you take a look at VSC, the visual studio code editor as it's free of costs, available on many platforms and can be extended with many available plugins.
I've made a screencast (in German) on how to install python and jupyter notebooks on Windows