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Before jumping into the “how to use” section, let us introduce ourselves and the mighty LabEx.
We are a young group of like-minded individuals who focus specifically on providing courses to people who are interested in learning to code, varying from beginners to experts who need further advanced polishes and refinements.
Unlike other online education resources, LabEx is dedicated to simulating a real-world environment for users to learn and practice. We do this because we are firm believers in learning by doing, hence instead of giving video tutorials, LabEx gives real-time environment.
Our virtual environment is based on Linux distro, which is a god-like OS for entry-level programmers to master.
What students learn in the classroom are primarily theorized concepts. Lacking real practices to test out the theory, students fail to generate their own insights. Most universities let students install their own Linux system to practice and complete homework, but whether it is Linux and Windows dual-system environment, or a virtual machine, the process is way too overwhelming for beginners.
Another route some schools choose is to install Linux, related stacks and purchase training software which is exceedingly expensive or resource intensive, not to mention the following system maintenance and any other sorts of potential issues that might arise in the future. With LabEx, this problem is easily solved.
How to use LabEx
Courses hosted on LabEx are pretty much straightforward and easy to learn/practice. We have also designed “A Beginner’s Guide to LabEx” to make it easier for new users.
After registering an account on our website, head over to the courses page and choose the first one. 👇
Now you’ll be directed to another page where you can read a bit about the course. Just click “Start Lab” when you’re ready.
When you click “Start Lab”, you’ll enter the online VM lab environment. The interface is divided into 2 sections: left part containing the text explanation and sample figures and codes, and the right part being the virtual desktop, which functions just like your normal desktop.
As you can see, our first course pretty much explains how to use the lab environment.
The online VM lab environment
All labs in LabEx are designed on Linux environment, and you will get a virtual Linux desktop when you start any lab. LabEx’s virtual environment can be divided into two categories: Desktop and Terminal.
The Desktop environment uses Linux Ubuntu which is a great operating system. Ask any tech guru and they will tell you Linux is the best and most widely used system to learn computer technology. Moreover, (insider news) – in Universities, Linux has become a compulsory course for more and more Computer Science major students.
If you’re not familiar with Linux, we highly recommend you to learn our Linux Tutorial first before you learn others.
What’s on Desktop?
- Xfce terminal: run it into the Zsh Shell environment and you can use Linux commands.
- Firefox browser: like Chrome or Safari; you’ll use Firefox to test web pages.
- GVim: a code editor.
- Gedit & Brackets: if you’re not familiar with Vim, you can use both Gedit and Brackets as a code editor.
- Sublime: a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
- IDLE: an integrated development environment for Python.
Handy LabEx tools you may want to know
- Time remaining is in the upper right corner. By default, each lab session is limited to 1 hour, but you can always extend for another 1 hour when time remaining is less than 5 minutes. The system will record your time of studying automatically and generate a pop-up window asking you whether to extend or not.
- Bottom right is our feedback option. Feel free to drop us a message, anything.
- In the middle, we got Clipboard and Download Code for you.
- Moving to the left, click Stop when you want to end and exit the current lab. When you exit, this current environment will be deleted.
- Click Next to go to the next lab.
- In the bottom left corner, you will see Reports and Questions.
In order to fully utilize our service and to yield maximum achievement, you must read the step-by-step instructions and practice writing the codes simultaneously. Although our lab comes with a clipboard, we’d never recommend learners to copy and paste the code.
So, what are you waiting for? go ahead, visit LabEx.io today and start coding. Want to contribute? LabEx will launch the instructor platform in a couple of days. Please do reach out if you’re interested. We don’t want to miss a talent like you!
Got free time? Fancy a chat? We’d love your hear your opinions, proposals and recommendations. Send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We’ll get back to you the earliest.