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Learner Reviews & Feedback for The Unix Workbench by Johns Hopkins University

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About the Course

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....

Top reviews

Apr 29, 2020

This is a very friendly step-by-step guide to Unix for beginners, it helps to build a solid foundation, and the exercises are designed to explore more about what has been introduced in the course.

Jan 28, 2018

A wonderful course! Answered so many questions I had and gave me a solid background in Git, Bash, makefiles, and working from the cloud. I will definitely be using these skills in my job search!

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By Ben Z

Feb 25, 2018

Great way to get an overview of the fundamentals of working with Unix-like computers

By Yang W

Aug 17, 2020

This course is a good starting point to get familiar with the unix system and how c

By Tohaku

Jul 9, 2020

This course introduces bash, git and cloud computing. It is very informative.

By Abhishek k

Aug 29, 2019

I have learnt all the basics of linux and unix commands. Its helped me alot.

By Jose C

Apr 6, 2018

Pretty interesting approach and broad useful content course. I recommend it

By Damian Y R D

Sep 22, 2020

Excellent course for the very basics of Unix. Would recommend to a friend.

By Vinko B

May 26, 2020

A well crafted and easy to follow introduction to Unix. Highly recommend.

By Jebin T R

May 10, 2020

An exceptionally well-laid course. A good place to get started with Unix!

By Fazeel G

May 8, 2018

It was a very educational course, and I would recommend it for beginners.

By T P K

Aug 8, 2020

It was challlenging and I had a great experience while doing this course

By Abanob M K

Jun 7, 2020

This course is very powerful , thanks to every one prepared that course.

By Dubba N

Oct 10, 2019

Great experience through out the course and very good learning platform.

By Jose N d l R

Aug 17, 2017

Looking forward to learn regex, awk and/or perl. Excellent introduction.

By Rahul R

Jun 8, 2020

Even though I'm experienced in Unix, this course taught me many things!

By Afzalov V R

Dec 27, 2019

Очень интересный курс для новичков! Задания понятны и легки в освоении.

By anil k

Oct 25, 2017

A very good guided Course with lot of examples and real time scenarios.

By Kushtarbek K

Nov 13, 2020

This course was very useful for my interesting about base of the Unix

By Brandon G

May 15, 2019

Nice overview of the important UNIX (Shell) programming fundamentals.

By Jithin R P

May 30, 2020

This course was really helpful for making me more shine in my carrer

By Justina N

Apr 13, 2019

Great introduction to the shell world to start swimming on your own!

By Amber K

Nov 19, 2019

Great certification. Would of liked following along vm experience.

By Ivan S

May 27, 2019

Excellent material!!!! More practical exercises please will do...


May 4, 2018

Great Course .This will help you from beginning to advance level.

By Aditya P

Jun 21, 2020

Clear and Concise introduction to the beautiful world of Linux.

By Héctor E G

Dec 19, 2018

Very good exercises and very good explanations. Thanks a lot!