Programming Essentials

Text Files and the Command Line
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (126 ratings)
3,967 students
Programming Essentials
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (126 ratings)
3,967 students
You will be able to begin any programming course with more confidence.


  • Basic Knowledge of Documents and Folders.


In this course, you will learn about the file format that is used for writing source code. The answer is not as simple as plain text, and involves encoding.

You will also learn how to compile and run applications using the command line. You won't need to become a command line expert to change directory and run a compiler.

It is a short course, but it is important to understand both topics before you can start programming with confidence.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners that are about to learn a new programming language.

Course content

4 sections • 10 lectures • 49m total length
  • Introduction


Computer Scientist
David Lareau
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 126 Reviews
  • 3,967 Students
  • 1 Course

I worked 12 years in various capacities: Kernel Developer, Video Developer, Web Developer and College Professor.

I hold a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering with thesis on Image Processing. I also have a 4-years Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a 3-years diploma in Computer Engineering Technology.

I live in the capital of Canada with my wife and my 3 years old daughter.