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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 30, 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 29, 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 Claudia K

Sep 27, 2018

Great course to get familiar with Unix and bash scripting.

By ripe

Nov 22, 2017

This course explain very well the topic. Thank you again!

By Trenton M

Sep 28, 2017

Good intro that is detailed enough to be worth your time.

By Bence H

Aug 14, 2020

Very helpfull, and very good course thank you very much!

By Subham S

Jun 24, 2020

A good course for beginners to learn about UNIX based OS


Apr 18, 2020

It is a very helpful course for beginer of Linux system.

By Adjamilton J

May 02, 2018

Amazing course!!! A great introduction for unix systems.


Sep 25, 2020

Grading System was awesome! Truly remarkable experience

By Devika P

Aug 07, 2020

I have learned many new things & understood the course.

By darrell

Nov 28, 2017

Great course to get the basics of UNIX. I enjoyed it!

By Jaminikanta P

Jun 05, 2020

Very much helpful in knowing about git and bash shell

By Nicolas M

Oct 08, 2020

A thorough introduction to command line programming.


May 10, 2020

this was a very good courses i learnt manys this now

By Muhammad B K

Dec 22, 2019

Great place to start your best experience with linux

By Darius T

May 30, 2019

Really useful course for learning the basics of Unix

By Methia A N

Jul 24, 2020

Its a good lesson for me thanks for the certificate

By Julio F

May 28, 2020

This is an awesome course, I learned a lot with it!


May 04, 2020

Very well structure. Easy to follow and time-saving

By Vishal S

Dec 02, 2019

A nice course to start learning Linux and Git from.

By Vasileios K

Jul 22, 2018

Nice concise intro/refresh to the bash environment.

By Uday G

Jun 22, 2020

Got Good learning experience of doing this course.

By Tomislav P

May 16, 2019

Very well done course. One of the best ones I did.


Jun 01, 2020

A very helpful course with excellent explanation!

By Herbert S

Sep 11, 2019

Very manageable and very instructive. Thank you!

By Rui V

Jan 21, 2018

Very good basic concepts! Helped me quile a lot!