This repository shows how to create a lesson using the Software Carpentry lesson template, and is itself an example of the use of that template. Please see https://carpentries.github.io/lesson-example/ for a rendered version of this material, including detailed instructions on design, setup, and formatting.
Do not fork this repository directly on GitHub. Instead, please follow the instructions in the setup instructions to create a repository for your lesson by importing material from the styles repository.
Once you have created your repository, run
bin/lesson_initialize.pyto create standard lesson-specific files. You must edit several values in
_config.ymlso that GitHub Pages will render your lesson correctly.
Please read the episodes of this lesson to format your material.
Please keep the master copy of your lesson in your repository's
gh-pagesbranch, since that is what is automatically published as a website by GitHub.
To preview material, please run
make servefrom the command line to launch Jekyll with the correct parameters, or push to your repository's
gh-pagesbranch and let GitHub take care of the rendering.
make lesson-checkto check that your files follow our formatting rules.
If you find an error or omission in this documentation, please file an issue in this repository. If you find an error or omission in the lesson template, please file an issue in the styles repository instead.
The layout of this repository is explained in this site's episodes. In brief:
The source for pages that appear as top-level items in the navigation bar are stored in the root directory, including the home page (
index.md), the reference page (
reference.md), and the setup instructions (
Source files for lesson episodes are stored in
/01-xyz/index.html, which can be linked to using
If you are writing lessons in R Markdown, source files go in
_episodes_rmd. You must run
make lesson-rmdto turn these into Markdown in
_episodesand commit those Markdown files to the repository (since GitHub won't run anything except Jekyll to format material). You must also commit any figures generated from your lessons, which are stored in the
Files that appear under the "extras" menu are stored in
Figures are stored in the
figdirectory, data sets in
data, source code in
code, and miscellaneous files in
bin/lesson_initialize.pyto create files that can't be stored in the template repository (because they would cause repeated merge conflicts), then edit
_config.ymlas described in the documentation.
make lesson-checkat any time to check that your lesson files follow our formatting rules. If you come across formatting issues that the checker doesn't report, please file an issue in the styles repository.
For a list of helpful commands run
makein this directory. If you are looking for things to work on, please see the list of issues for this repository.