Useful tools and software suites

First semesters often ask what tools the more experienced students use to create lab reports, presentations, research papers and diagrams. Although there are numerous tools available not all of them are suited for use in a university environment so it is hard and takes quite a lot of time to pick the tools you are comfortable to work with. So I compiled a list of tools I use for various tasks which may take some time to master but the results you get with them are often worth the effort.

Welcome to Jekyll!

You’ll find this post in your _posts directory. Go ahead and edit it and re-build the site to see your changes. You can rebuild the site in many different ways, but the most common way is to run jekyll serve, which launches a web server and auto-regenerates your site when a file is updated.

To add new posts, simply add a file in the _posts directory that follows the convention YYYY-MM-DD-name-of-post.ext and includes the necessary front matter. Take a look at the source for this post to get an idea about how it works.

Jekyll also offers powerful support for code snippets:

def print_hi(name)
  puts "Hi, #{name}"
#=> prints 'Hi, Tom' to STDOUT.

Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll. File all bugs/feature requests at Jekyll’s GitHub repo. If you have questions, you can ask them on Jekyll’s dedicated Help repository.

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