This is the course content for CS 190 in the Fall 2016 semester.
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[Archived] CS 190: Freshman Tools and Resources (Fall 2016)


The Purdue CS 190 Tools course was started in Fall of 2013 by the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Board (USB) at Purdue. The course was a response to the need of new CS students to learn basic tools to be professional and efficient in their other CS courses. The course focuses on practical skills required to be a good programmer, starting with a functional knowledge of UNIX shells, and encompasses editors, debuggers, and source control software. Our goal is to give students what they need early in their careers and put them on a path to success in Computer Science.


CS 190 is taught for sixteen weeks, alternating two sections weekly, at the beginning of the fall semester for Freshman CS students. It consists of a one hour lecture and a one hour lab each week. The labs for the course can be found in the labs/ directory, and the slides and demos used in lecture can be found in the slides/ and demos/ directories respectively.


We are also committed to providing resources for the students beyond the classroom. Various tutorials and reference sheets applying to a variety of useful topics can be found in the tutorials/ and reference/ directories respectively. We are open to public contributions. If you see a need for a tutorial or reference sheet not covered, please submit a pull request with the new materials.


To contact the Fall 2016 lecturers, email

To contact the Fall 2016 teaching assistants, email

For a list of specific TAs based on recitation/lab section, see the list here:

For general questions or comments about these course materials, please contact USB at


CS 190: Freshman Tools and Resources ("Tools") is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

Tools is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Tools is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

A copy of the license can be found in LICENSE. Please email with any questions.