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Using your Own Computer for Study

The single most useful pieces of software you can install on your personal computer or laptop are NoMachine and PuTTY. These are the same programs you use in the College's PC labs to access our Unix computing service and once you have them on your own computer then you will be able to do so from anywhere with an internet connection.

To download and install these programs, please see the connection guide.

It is possible to do all of your work on the Department's computer system using our lab facilities and/or remote connection software, but you may find it convenient to install and work on certain other software using your own computer too.

  • Apache Ant - a java-based build tool
  • Eclipse - a software development environment
  • Java Development Kit - core Java development files
  • Cygwin - Unix-like environment and utilities (includes g++ and LaTeX)
  • Ghostscript - a Postscript interpreter
  • Ghostview - a viewing program for use with Ghostscript
  • SPIM - a MIPS simulator
  • Scilab - a free and open source MATLAB alternative
  • wxWidgets - a cross-platform UI library

The software listed in this section does not pertain directly to any of our courses but is felt by the Support Team to be particularly useful.

  • Mozilla Firefox - the Department's recommended web browser
  • PC Inspector - a program for recovering deleted files
  • Stinger - a minimal anti-virus program which removes some common threats
  • Notepad++ - a featureful text editor
  • WinSCP - copies files to/from remote systems; useful for moving files between your computer and the Departmental server
  • Microsoft DreamSpark Premium  -  Access to free Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes (login with your CC domain credentials)
  • VMware Academic Program - Access to free VMware products for teaching and research purposes, e-learning materials and discounted vouchers for certification examinations (login with your CC domain credentials)



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