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Sprucing Up Your Shells


Long, long ago, before the first Python script hatched, before the first Ruby gem was mined, even before the first Perl module was encapsulated, there was the shell. Early Unix administrators and developers made the most of their shell scripts by exploiting many useful utilities that adhered to the Unix philosophy -- do one thing and do it well.

This presentation will demonstrate a set of these utilities in conjunction with shell programming best practices that will help you get the most out of your scripts.

About Our Speaker

Mr. Corbesero, aka "Flash", is currently on the DevOps team at Synchronoss Technologies working with cloud infrastructures and configuration management.  He graduated from Lehigh University with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.  Previously, in addition to various consulting projects, he has held the positions of systems manager and adjunct lecturer at Lehigh University in the EECS department, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Moravian College, and systems administrator and systems programmer at PenTeleData.

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  • Clay W.

    Oh jeeze. I just started trying to grok a 4000 line 120KB bash script that evidently I want to run ... after understanding it.

    August 26, 2014

  • Michael J. S.

    As promised, here's the link to Stephen's presentation. Thanks again to Stephen for presenting and allowing us to share his presentation for the benefit of the group.

    https://speakerdeck.com/michaeljsmalley/sprucing-up-your-shells-prepared-and-presented-by-stephen-corbesero-for-bucks-county-devops

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • Viktor

      Thank you Mike!

      August 22, 2014

  • Viktor

    I'm really sad I didn't make it. Mike do you know if slides are going to be available? ( I know I asked you already)

    August 21, 2014

    • Michael J. S.

      The slides will be made available. I'm waiting on the okay from Stephen to post them. Once he gives the all clear I'll put them up on speakerdeck.com

      August 21, 2014

    • Hugh H.

      Like Viktor, I'm sad to have missed this. I think about what I might have missed with every script I write/edit lately.

      August 22, 2014

  • Clay W.

    The presentation had great content but it felt best to be in good company. And thanks for the pizza!

    August 22, 2014

  • David H.

    Thanks guys for a great meetup!

    August 21, 2014

  • Benjamin K.

    Thanks everyone for coming out! Thanks especially for Mike Smalley for getting this going again! I definitely want to reiterate that we'd love to have more guest speakers from the group, so please don't hesitate to contact either Mike or myself and we'll get you lined up. If you have any other venues you'd like to suggest, we welcome that too. I'm working on something down toward Blue Bell as well, but that might be a few months off yet. In the meantime, lets keep the ball rolling again! Thanks again, everyone!

    August 21, 2014

  • Jason L.

    Excellent talk. Glad to have BCDO back. Was really happy with the talk. Always an opportunity to learn more about good ways to use the shell.

    2 · August 20, 2014

  • Rodney O.

    before the Big Bang there were shell scripts. Looking forward to learning some new tricks and having a couple of brews with my old AW bros

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Karl H.

    Working on Cloudstack additions which require extensive shell scripting, looking for ideas on automating shell script testing and Jenkins integration.

    August 18, 2014

  • Clay W.

    Is it wrong to only come for the pizza and brew pub? My shell programming book is dog-eared from 25 years of use.

    1 · August 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, if you think you know everything you need to know about shell utilities! I stopped thinking that years ago - there's always some new thing to learn.

      August 6, 2014

    • Clay W.

      Oh! I didn't mean to imply that. ;-) The whole world of debugging bash scripts is pretty deep-dive for me.

      August 10, 2014

  • Hugh H.

    Drat! One of my favorite topics and I'll be "down the shore!"

    August 7, 2014

  • David H.

    Awesome topic - ALWAYS a need to hone the shell skills!

    1 · August 4, 2014

  • Dan T.

    Awesome. I'm glad this meet up is back in action.

    2 · August 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very much looking forward to this one! Sounds very interesting!

    1 · August 4, 2014

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