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Intro to the Command Line

The command line is a powerful yet oft avoided tool for beginning developers. If you often find yourself googling '<new-technology> GUI for OS X,' then this course might be for you! Specifically, this course will cover basics of directory and file traversal, finding and searching for files and content, and using many of the powerful tools (git, grep/ack, man, ps, pipes, permissions, etc) that come along with most Unix Shells. If we're being totally honest, this is an intro to Unix, but it's from the angle of 'getting things done' rather than technical depth or purity.

Note: you'll need a Unix compatible system at your disposal, which means a Mac or Linux laptop. If you don't have one of these, please contact us ahead of time, and we'll see what we can work out.

About the instructor

Alex Sexton is a user of the command line. He is a Senior Software Engineer at Bazaarvoice, and an open-source contributor to projects like Modernizr, jQuery, and Jed. He spends most of his time building large JavaScript applications. While he took a Unix course at The University of Texas, most of his command line experience is drawn from needing to get things done in the real world. He happens to have the best damn looking shell in town, as well.

Please note our refund policy: Your payment of $40 guarantees your seat in the course. If something changes after registration and you cannot attend the course, your seat is yours to sell or give to someone else - just please let us know who! As a rule we don't offer refunds, but please let us know if you have extenuating circumstances.

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  • Garann M.

    The office is a little tricky to find. It's across the street from the condos/shopping center, just west of the car wash.

    January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i'm sorry , i cant make it , i dont feel well , i have an upset stomach ... i wish i'm with you now and not in bed :( ..

      January 19, 2013

    • Garann M.

      Aw, so sorry to hear it. I hope you feel better soon!

      January 19, 2013

  • Janet S

    I won't be able to make it to this session. FYI, there's a great free book on this topic from FLOSS Manuals:

    January 14, 2013

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