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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 Gabriel M

Sep 10, 2019

Excelente introdução.

By Jose V D

Feb 8, 2018

Useful, great course.

By Shrunga S

Oct 31, 2020

it was a good course

By Sakshyam S

Sep 30, 2020

Very helpful course.

By Chandra J

Sep 29, 2020

Very good experience

By Vladimir M

Sep 12, 2018

It's a great course!

By Deleted A

Apr 19, 2020

try it out yourself

By Olivier B

Feb 23, 2021

Excellent course

By Richard N

May 15, 2020

This is awesome.

By anshuman

Sep 17, 2019

excellent course

By Cat K

Aug 19, 2018

excellent course

By Elie D

Feb 4, 2018

Very good course

By Gregorio A A P

Oct 17, 2017



Aug 10, 2020

I learned a lot

By Evgeny P

Jun 24, 2020

Awesome course!

By Jorge L R Z

Sep 11, 2018

Amazing course!

By Ayush M

May 31, 2019

amazing course

By 刘洋

Apr 7, 2018

Perfect course

By Pari k

Sep 13, 2020

well designed

By Akshay K P

Aug 14, 2020

Great course.

By Bojan D

Jun 5, 2020

Great course!


Mar 18, 2019

superb course

By ShuaiZhao

Mar 2, 2018

a nice course

By Valerio M

Jan 1, 2018

Very helpful!