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Meet the Command Line

by Dan Benjamin

This course starts with the basics of using the Unix command line and ends with advanced tips and tricks. Includes a 60-page reference guide by Casimir Saternos.

What you'll learn

Whether you're never been introduced to the Unix command line, or you're already familiar, you'll benefit greatly from the tips and tricks shown in this course. We'll start with the basics - the basic assumptions of Unix, how to look for help, and how to confidently work with files, directories, and programs. We've also included a bonus 60 page PDF reference guide to help you master the Unix command line. From there we'll explore advanced command line topics. You'll learn to organize your configuration files so you can start building a lifelong collection of useful tools. You'll learn to customize your prompt and navigate it like a pro. You'll learn shortcuts for reusing previous commands, searching your history, and modifying previous commands before running them again. Aliases and functions will turn monotonous tasks into short, powerful custom commands.

About the author

Dan is a broadcaster, writer, software developer, designer, and ex-corporate stooge. He is the founder of 5by5, an Internet broadcasting and podcast network where he hosts a handful of shows with people like Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, Marco Arment, and Jeffrey Zeldman. He is the author of Bacon Method and Hivelogic, and has written for A List Apart and O’Reilly. Many of Dan's screencasts live at PeepCode. He has been coding for almost two decades, making things like the Email Address Enkoder,... more

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