Command Line Kung Fu

  • Mar 18, 2014 · 6:00 PM


The command line environment can be a powerful tool in a developer's toolkit. Learning to use it well can make you a more productive and more versatile developer.

This presentation is an introduction to the use of the shell as a development environment. The talk will go over the basics of shell navigation, including shortcuts that will make your experience less frustrating.

The presentation will also briefly cover some of the useful *nix tools for web developers.


Brian Dailey is CTO and co-founder of the healthcare market analytics company Stratasan. He got his start in computer with MS-DOS 5.0, and he distinctly remembers being annoyed that Windows 95 booted into a GUI. A longtime Linux user, he enjoys the simplicity and reliability of the command line toolkit.

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  • Brian

    Slides from this talk are available here:
    If you press "s" while on the page you can see my notes.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Brian

    I think I'll be doing a shell walkthrough, so if you want to bring your laptops and follow along (I'll be using Mac OS X but Linux or Cygwin should work fine) that would help you to get more out of it.

    Look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday!

    March 14, 2014

    • Brady K.

      Here's one I've been liking lately, if you use oh-my-zsh. It's a bit different (still has the powerline look...) but is pretty customizable.­

      March 19, 2014

    • Brian

      Adam, I was using agnoster, which is quite similar to the one Brady posted.

      March 19, 2014

  • John L.

    Thanks to Brian for the overview on the CLI and showing an old dog some new tricks (e.g., tmux, cut, etc...).

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brian did a fantastic job of covering a good introduction to the CLI and showing the power of composibility

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to let you all know, I bumped the RSVP to 75. I'm not sure why it was so low, but it's higher now. I'll confirm with Vaco that it's okay.

    March 15, 2014

  • Buddy R.

    Spot just opened up. I had to drop; conflicting schedules.

    March 14, 2014

  • Jay S.

    What are the chances that more slots might open up? I would very much enjoy this presentation.

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think that space holds 100. I'd wager that some people might be intimidated by the topic. I know before I started really using the CLI heavily I was scared about using it. But now I'm much more comfortable with it.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is the RSVP limit so low? Isn't this in the big Vaco meetup space? Didn't we have a lot more than 50 in there previously?

    March 13, 2014

  • Matthew W.

    Sorry for changing the date. We had some scheduling changes do to the fact that the speakers we have coming up are so awesome they are busy and can only present on certain dates.

    January 7, 2014

  • Hung L.

    far in advance planning?

    August 19, 2013

  • Dave D

    Is this really January?

    August 19, 2013

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