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Terminal & Command Line

Get comfortable with the command line and speed up your development time.

Learn the ins-and-outs of working with Terminal in about an hour.

This guide is short, focused, and made for beginners. Get hands-on learning and grow your portfolio with a real project using command line in the Terminal.



What you’ll learn

  • The difference between terminal, shell, and the command line.
  • How to navigate the file system.
  • How to log and print things in the terminal window.
  • How to make, modify, and delete files and directories.
  • How to edit files in the Terminal window.
  • How to chain commands and pass data from one to the other.
  • How and why to use package managers.
  • How to make HTTP requests from Terminal.
  • What environment variables and aliases are, and when to use them.
  • How to create and run your own bash scripts.
  • How to customize your Terminal setup.

🧠 Multiple formats for different learning styles. Lessons include both written text and streaming HD videos (with captions). Watch or read on any device.

Loved your book, it's become a daily reference for me. Fantastic stuff!- Chris Baughman

Learn by doing with a real JavaScript project

Reinforce your learning and build your portfolio by using Terminal on a real project. Together, we’ll write a command line script for tracking our favorite vacation spots.



Coaching

Learning web development is hard! Don't go it alone. With the Lean Web Club, you get the support you need to achieve long-term success.

Live Video Q&A

Join live video office hours every few weeks. Ask questions, share works in progress, and get help with any big roadblocks.

Private Discord Access

Get 24/7 access to a private a private Discord community where you can chat with other students, get feedback on code, and ask questions in between office hours.

Video Q&A Library

Get instant access a growing library of dozens of past Q&A sessions.

Office Hours include live automated audio transcription for people who are hearing impaired, don't speak English as their native language, or simply prefer to read.

The cheat sheet and the ability to ask questions on Slack were worth the price of the book alone.- David Buchholz

A Sample Lesson

How to use the cd command to move around the file system in the command line.


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