The Command Line
The Command Line
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Completed on 2016-11-28

About the Book

This book is for developers and designers alike. Seeing a blank Terminal window waiting for your input can feel overwhelming. Where do you begin? Why should a web developer even need to know about Bash or Unix? Do you have to become an expert in this stuff just to do your job? Chris Williams is here to help.

This book is perfect for those just starting out and for those who want to really understand what’s going on in their computers.

Table of Contents

  •  
    • About this book
      • Just enough information
      • This book is already out of date
      • This book has a Mac bias
      • So why the book?
      • Acknowledgements
      • Who am I?
    • 1. Overview
      • 1.1 What is the command line?
      • 1.2 Why use the command line?
      • 1.3 A brief history of Bash
      • 1.4 Today’s development landscape
      • 1.5 Using Git for version control
      • 1.6 Summary
    • 2. Basic Commands
      • 2.1 Moving around
      • 2.2 Changing directories
      • 2.3 Using shortcuts to execute commands
      • 2.4 Using flags on commands
      • 2.5 What are hidden files and directories?
      • 2.6 Files have permissions
      • 2.7 ACL: Access Control List
      • 2.8 Moving, copying, and removing files
      • 2.9 Move to rename
      • 2.10 Copying files with cp
      • 2.11 Removing files with rm
      • 2.12 You’ve just replaced Finder
    • 3. More Advanced Bash
      • 3.1 Finding data with grep
      • 3.2 Using pipes to chain commands
      • 3.3 Other ways to chain commands
      • 3.4 Redirection syntax
      • 3.5 Common redirection examples
      • 3.6 Shortcuts to accessing desktop applications
      • 3.7 Symbolic Links
      • 3.8 Application helpers
      • 3.9 Aliases
      • 3.10 Searching command history
      • 3.11 PATH is where commands are located
      • 3.12 You’re a wizard, Harry
    • 4. Setting things up
      • 4.1 Install Xcode Command Line Tools
      • 4.2 Install Ruby for user access
      • 4.3 Install Homebrew
      • 4.4 Install Node.js
      • 4.5 Install Python
      • 4.6 What have I done?
    • 5. Dotfiles
      • 5.1 What are all these hidden files?
      • 5.2 The loading order for dotfiles
      • 5.3 Configure your profile
      • 5.4 Customize your Prompt
      • 5.5 Sharing configurations
      • 5.6 Summary
    • 6. Serving Locally
      • 6.1 How local servers work
      • 6.2 Using Apache as a server
      • 6.3 Using Node as a server
      • 6.4 Using Python as a server
      • 6.5 Summary
    • 7. Getting started with Git
      • 7.1 Why everyone loves Git
      • 7.2 So how does Git work?
      • 7.3 Set up Git
      • 7.4 The Basics
      • 7.5 Timeline visualized
      • 7.6 Moving back in time
      • 7.7 Common workflows and best practices
      • 7.8 Making great commits
      • 7.9 Troubleshooting and Tips
      • 7.10 Summary
    • 8. Text Editors
      • 8.1 Using popular text editor applications
      • 8.2 Using Vim
      • 8.3 Summary
    • 9. npm
      • 9.1 How to use npm
      • 9.2 Using package.json
      • 9.3 Defining run commands
      • 9.4 Managing Front-end Packages and Tasks
      • 9.5 Summary
  • Notes

About the Author

Chris Williams
Chris Williams

Chris Williams has been a web developer for the past 20 years. Having worked in a technology space that continually changes, Chris wrote "The Command Line for Web Developers" to help new and experienced developers get up to speed with Bash and related CLI's. Chris is the founder and organizer of Front Porch Conference, a yearly event that showcases the latest in web development excellence.

He currently resides in Dallas, TX with his husband Richard and their many rescue dogs.

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