Recommended Software for AI Students
Last Updated 10 August 2012
This web page replaces the "lend-out disc" that we formerly distributed to students. Most of this software is for Windows, but major items have Mac and Linux counterparts. Some of these items are locally written and not available elsewhere.
SWI-Prolog (Prolog compiler).
Lispworks (Lisp compiler).
GNU Common Lisp (Lisp compiler).
AiWinUserInterface.reg, locally written registry script to tell Windows to show filename extensions, always show window menus, and show "Run" on the Start Menu.
Desktop Icon Save and Restore, for saving and restoring your desktop layout. Especially useful if you change video settings or roam among computers with different video modes.
UNXUTILS — UNIX commands such as diff, grep, etc., from Gnu, for Windows.
Remote access to IAI files
WinSCP SFTP client for SFTP access to our servers.
General-purpose text editor
Notepad++, for editing programs and LaTeX documents.
PDF file viewer
LaTeX scientific word processor
MiKTeX distribution of TeX and LaTeX.
University of Georgia thesis style files and documentation.
Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft Visual Studio is a commercial product including compilers for Visual Basic, C#, and F#. There are many ways to obtain it — you can spend anything from $0 to $5000 depending on your status and the type of license you need. The following are your main options.
Visual Studio Express (editor and compiler for one language at a time) is free for all users and surprisingly useful. Obtain it from http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows. Recommended for anyone who need to get started immediately at no cost.
Visual Studio Professional (the normal commercial software development product, including Installshield) is normally about $700 from vendors such as Programmers' Paradise.
If you are a student or faculty member and want a regular license for Visual Studio Professional (with no limits on how you use it), you can obtain this for about $95 from JourneyEd and many other vendors, with proof of student or faculty status. Recommended for students and faculty who also do commercial work.
If you are a UGA employee wanting to use Visual Studio Professional on your home computer solely for UGA work, you can get it for about $20 from TEC Services.
If you are a student in Computer Science Department course (a course with a CSCI prefix), you can get this and other Microsoft products free through an agreement called MSDNAA, and can continue to use it after graduating, for noncommercial purposes only. Details at - http://msdnaa.cs.uga.edu . This is arranged through the Computer Science Department, not the IAI. Recommended for students.
Visual Studio Premium (like Professional with code profiling tools added) is normally about $5,000 from vendors such as Programmers' Paradise.
Visual Studio Premium is site-licensed for University computers. The IAI has an install disc; there is no limit on where we install it as long as the computers are owned by UGA. Installation discs can be obtained from SRS. This is what to do for UGA-owned computers.