Getting Started

This page will help you learn the basics of Silico.

Silico

A place to write, run, share and teach scientific programming, research, and exploration on the web.

Models

Silico is built around the idea of model-based code. In Silico, a model composes pieces of code - each with a specific purpose: Cleaning data, running algorithms or producing charts, graphs and tables.

Code

Each part of a Silico model is built with code.

Code is organized as a fully independent programming environment, with its own language, data and history.

Models can be built from multiple code projects, or just a single one.

History

Models and code are fully versioned. Models keep track of their own history, while each code project maintains its own independent history.

Libraries

Third-party libraries can be added to any part of the model.

Silico takes care of the library installation, versioning and environment management.

Data

"Data" are interesting files that are independent of a specific model or research question.

Data can be included in any part of a model, and can be used in any number of models.

Assignments

Assignments use models to teach scientific and research coding.

An assignment is made up of a set of questions - each question based on a model.

Silico is on the web, so students only need a web browser to get access to an entire programming environment. No setup, no labs, no administration!

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