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Command Line Essentials: Git Bash for Windows

A step-by-step guide for Windows users unfamiliar with Bash or the terminal environment.
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Created by Jason Taylor
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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Command Line Essentials: Git Bash on Windows

This course is designed to cut academic theory to just the key concepts and focus on basics tasks in the Bash command line in order to be productive quickly. Students can expect to learn the minimum needed to start using the Bash shell in less than an hour.

Course Outline

Course Introduction and Overview provides an introduction to this course and the Bash shell environment.

Installation provides step-by-step instructions on how to setup Git for Windows and the Notepad++ text editor.

The real meat of the course is the Basic Commands section, where we step through many of the common Bash commands and uses. Towards the end, we start putting the commands together to build a simple Bash script, which we also execute.

Finally, I share some final thoughts in the Conclusion.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas. Since few like slide-ware presentations, slide-presentations are kept to a minimum.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated -- this is the majority of the course.

Following the Basic Commands section, there is a downloadable reference of all the commands used in this course.

The quizzes reinforce the key concepts by testing your newly learned knowledge throughout the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Windows users unfamiliar with Bash terminal environments
  • Anyone that needs a refresher on the command line, Bash shell or Git Bash
  • Developers using Git, NodeJS, Maven, or other command line tools on Windows
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What Will I Learn?
Install Git for Windows
Install a Text Editor and use it from within Git Bash
Use Git Bash as a terminal environment in Windows with confidence
Understand what Bash is and how it is different than the Command Prompt
Write a Bash shell script and execute it
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  • Any modern version of Windows installed
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to install software (may require Administrator rights)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 53:05
2 Lectures 05:59
Course Introduction and Approach

What is Bash?

Introduction to Bash Quiz
3 questions
4 Lectures 11:48
Installation Overview

Git for Windows


Notepad++ Configuration
Basic Commands
13 Lectures 27:30
Basic Commands Overview

Where Am I and What's Here (pwd and ls)

Change Directory (cd)

Where is that command? (which)

Echo...Echo? (echo)

Reviewing Files Contents (cat and less)

Create, Rename (Move), and Delete Files (touch, mv, and rm)

Create and Delete Folders; Recursive Delete (mkdir and rmdir; rm -rf)

Clear and Exit

Output to a File (> and >>)

Creating and Executing a Simple Bash Script

Customizing the Bash Environment with .bashrc File

Using Bash Quiz
10 questions

Git Bash Basic Commands Reference
2 pages
2 Lectures 07:19
Final Words

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With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, I started out teaching myself programming while in High School. I put myself through college working for a local Internet Service Provider as a programmer. Before finishing college, I developed and sold an award winning website to a Dot-Com start-up. After college, I have worked at several companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises focusing on Java and client-side technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Throughout my career, I have opportunity to learn many software development best practices and exposure to several version control systems.

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