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The Linux Command Line, A Complete Introduction

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a William E. Shotts, Jr book
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  • Feb 17, 2012
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Here is what I liked most about this book, I understood everything it was telling me to do. That is the bottom line, that is really all that matters. I had a need (I want to learn the command line better), and this book, section by section, chapter by chapter; fulfilled it. So how did this book help me accomplish my goal? I believe the author used words that are common in an everyday conversation, outside from anything technical in nature. He used words that helped you to visualize, he helped you see the process or outcome happening. To me, visualizing is important for comprehension. More importantly, a better comprehension will cultivated a positive emotion about the subject matter (you are currently learning), which in turn, will encourage you to continue. If you continue, you will learn. If you practice, you will master. Conversely, a "negative experience", will likely cause you to think something is too difficult to learn and you will not continue, and ultimately missing out on a very good thing (most of the time). On the other hand, do not for a minute think that because the author uses "non-technical" words to convey information that the content must only be for beginners, not so. I felt the material was complete and logically arranged to meet the needs of a wide range of technical skills. For the beginners, they will get up and running quickly and get a strong foundation from the beginning. For the intermediate, they will better understand what they already know and learn more advanced techniques that will allow them to accomplish more with less typing. For the advanced, well, they will learn, yet another way to do something they already know, and perhaps, a another way of explaining what they know to others less inclined than themselves, at the very least, the advanced can receive a quiet affirmation that there are others like them. So if you want to get started with learning the linux command line or just become proficient with it, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book.
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March 18, 2012
Does this volume exclusively address Bash commands, or also variations and those unique to sh, csh, Bourne, Korn, PWB, Thompson, et cetera? To what extent does it document simple scripting?
February 18, 2012
Good stuff !
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