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The Unix Workbench

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Information Technology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Unix forms a foundation that is often very helpful for accomplishing other goals you might have for you and your computer, whether that goal is running a business, writing a book, curing disease, or creating the next great app. The means to these goals are sometimes carried out by writing software. Software can’t be mined out of the ground, nor can software seeds be planted in spring to harvest by autumn. Software isn’t produced in factories on an assembly line. Software is a hand-made, often bespoke good. If a software developer is an artisan, then Unix is their workbench. Unix provides an essential and simple set of tools in a distraction-free environment. Even if you’re not a software developer learning Unix can open you up to new methods of thinking and novel ways to scale your ideas.

This course is intended for folks who are new to programming and new to Unix-like operating systems like macOS and Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Most of the technologies discussed in this course will be accessed via a command line interface. Command line interfaces can seem alien at first, so this course attempts to draw parallels between using the command line and actions that you would normally take while using your mouse and keyboard. You’ll also learn how to write little pieces of software in a programming language called Bash, which allows you to connect together the tools we’ll discuss. My hope is that by the end of this course you be able to use different Unix tools as if they’re interconnecting Lego bricks.

Taught by

Sean Kross, Jeff Leek, PhD, Brian Caffo, PhD and Roger D. Peng, PhD

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Raymond B
4.0 3 months ago
by Raymond completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This class is a pretty good intro to using unix tools like bash, makefiles, and git. Generally pretty clear but just a heads up there are no videos explaining the commands just short 30 second videos giving an overview of each week.

I'd say it's not worth paying for it but it's a good starting project to audit!
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Nikhil G
4.0 8 months ago
Nikhil completed this course.
The course notes are well written and gave me the confidence to adopt commandline on the PC (WSL), work with a Linux server and begin using GiTHub on the commnadline, with minimum effort. Not a bad place to start.
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