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Working the Command Line


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.

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What People Are Saying

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 Adobe Typekit
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
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, Inclusive Web Developer at Bocoup

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.

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December 8, 2016