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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 Arbaaz k

Jun 20, 2020

Great course really enjoyed it

By Themistoklis A

May 23, 2018

Great and very useful content!

By marcos g t s

Sep 04, 2020

Um curso simples e fantástico

By John Z

May 03, 2020

Great material to begin with!

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By Annageldi T

Dec 08, 2019

Thanks for the great course!

By Sufie J S

Jul 30, 2020

the course has good content

By Vladimir N

Feb 04, 2020

Thanks. Very useful course.

By Shashank V M

Jan 30, 2020

Great course, well planned.

By Luis A A C

Jun 06, 2019

Tremendously useful course.

By atul k s

Mar 22, 2019

excellent topic for beginer

By Leonardo M

Sep 15, 2020

Curso excelente. Parabéns.

By Sergio A C V

Feb 09, 2019

I really liked the course

By Velashini V

Mar 15, 2019

A very helpful course :)

By Palatip J

Jul 20, 2019

Great epaination course

By Nihat Ç

Apr 27, 2018

Nice education. Thanks.

By Juan M R

Jan 04, 2019

This is a grate course

By Vattumilli K V

Oct 28, 2018

Thanks for your course

By Benjamin G

Jul 02, 2018

Teaches Unix very well

By Peddi A

Jun 21, 2018

It's vrey good for Git

By Peng Z

Nov 10, 2017

Special form of class.

By G. M A R

May 17, 2020

very effective course

By Gabriel M

Sep 10, 2019

Excelente introdução.

By Jose V D

Feb 08, 2018

Useful, great course.

By Sakshyam S

Sep 30, 2020

Very helpful course.