Starting in the spring 2013, I videotaped the lectures for my MATH 676: Finite element methods in scientific computing course at the KAMU TV studio at Texas A&M. These are lectures on many aspects of scientific computing, software, and the practical aspects of the finite element method, as well as their implementation in the deal.II software library. Support for creating these videos was also provided by the National Science Foundation and the Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics.

The videos are part of a broader effort to develop a modern way of teaching Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) courses. If you are interested in adapting our approach, you may be interested in this paper I wrote with a number of education researchers about the structure of such courses and how they work.

Note 1: In some of the videos, I demonstrate code or user interfaces. If you can't read the text, change the video quality by clicking on the "gear" symbol at the bottom right of the YouTube player.

Note 2: deal.II is an actively developed library, and in the course of this development we occasionally deprecate and remove functionality. In some cases, this implies that we also change tutorial programs, but the nature of videos is that this is not reflected in something that may have been recorded years ago. If in doubt, consult the current version of the tutorial.

Lecture 8.01: Learning to use modern tools, part 1 – Eclipse: an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Update: Direct project setup via CMake

In videos 7 and 8, I showed how one can set up a deal.II tutorial program in Eclipse by hand, by importing an existing Makefile project into an Eclipse project. Then one had to set up, by hand, the paths to the deal.II header files so that Eclipse understands all of the deal.II symbols (e.g., the Triangulation class). One also had to set up Makefile targets by hand.

This video was recorded two years after the original lectures 7 and 8 and there is now a much simpler way to do all of this: Let the CMake configuration program generate not only a Makefile, but also an Eclipse project that already sets up include file paths and make targets. In this short update, I show how to do that.


Slides: click here