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Remy Sharp Working the Command Line

However you’ve wound up face-to-face with the cool glow of a terminal window, Remy Sharp is here to help.

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Don’t fear the terminal. No, really. However you’ve wound up face-to-face with the cool glow of a terminal window, Remy Sharp is here to help. Gain command-line shortcuts and processing techniques, install new tools and diagnose problems, and fully customize your terminal for a better, more powerful workflow.

Topics Covered

  • “Just Open the Terminal...”
  • Install All the Things
  • Tools of the Terminal Trade
  • How (not) To Shoot Yourself In The Foot
  • Making the Shell Your Own

You can't build websites these days without using command-line tools—something many of us still find strange and scary. Fortunately, Remy Sharp is here to help. From the basics of piping commands together to tricking out your prompt, this book is a great introduction to terminal basics. It’s full of tips and tricks to help beginners—and even an experienced hand like myself—learn to become more confident and productive.

David Demaree
Product manager at Google Fonts and author of Git for Humans
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The command line can be a quick, expressive, and effective way to accomplish many tasks. It's also very friendly; it just waits for your commands and only does what you tell it to. The problem is that many learning materials are not approachable for people with zero command-line knowledge. With this book, Remy offers you a way to discover a new world of productivity.

Stephen Hay
Author of Responsive Design Workflow
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This book is perfectly titled. The command line is intimidating and difficult, but Remy walks you through it, acknowledging that it can be both of those things while using humor and grace to show you how powerful it is. I’m more confident working with the command line having this book by my side.

Susan Robertson
Front-end developer and writer
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I remember the first time someone taught me about tab-completion at the command line. Suddenly, I was infinitely more effective. Remy's book is the same; it's like sitting down with your buddy and learning the secret hand signals you never even knew existed.

Emma Jane Westby
Author of Git for Teams
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Remy Sharp

About the Author

Remy Sharp has been working commercially on the web since 1999 and blogging for over a decade. He runs his own consultancy, has been writing JavaScript long before it was cool, and founded the web conference ffconf in 2009. Remy tends to attract bugs and he enjoys squishing them. He uses the terminal daily.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 978-1-937557-49-2
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Published: Dec 8, 2016