Unix and Shell Programming for Beginners

Learn how to start using Unix and the basics of shell programming in this simple and step by step course
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

  • Learn the basics of Unix
  • Learn the basics of Shell programming
  • Only requirement is a computer with broadband (Nice to have own Linux OS)
  • Willingness to learn outside the course
  • Interest in programming

This course will take you through the basics of Unix and the basics of Shell programming in 8 simple chapters. Each chapter is further divided into small lessons that work around simple concepts.

If you already know programming, this course will be a breeze. If you don't know programming, worry not, the course is structured in a way that even the beginner can pick up things.

This course will set you up for more advanced learning not just in Unix and Shell programming, but other languages like C, C++, Java that have their roots in Unix

What are the requirements?

  • A computer
  • Basic understanding of Unix (will be covered but student is expected to learn this outside the course)
  • Interest in programming

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand and use basic Unix commands
  • Understand and write basic Unix shell programs

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for the beginner who is not familiar with Unix Shell programming, but would benefit from a basic understanding of Unix commands

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to Unix and how to use this course

What you'll learn from this course


Students will understand the history of Unix and why it is still relevant today and how it would be useful to them


Students will understand the architecture of the Unix system


Students will get a few options by which they can try out the commands and exercises in this course


Students will understand the Unix command prompt and also various basic rules regarding the Unix system

4 questions

Quiz for the section

Section 2: Basic Unix Commands

Students will understand more about the Unix file system


Students will dip their feet into the world of Unix commands and understand basic commands


Students will understand how the options work with commands and we'll see a few examples of this


Students will learn about file permissions and how to change them


Students will learn about wildcards and file and directory related commands


Students will learn about a few miscellaneous commands

Quiz for the section
5 questions
Section 3: Deeper dive into the Unix file system

Students will learn about Inodes and how files are stored in the Unix file system


Students will learn about disk related commands


Students will learn about a few more disk and file related commands

Quiz for the section
4 questions
Section 4: Advanced commands

Students will understand the basic concepts of I/O Redirection and Piping


Students will explore a few commands that uses I/O Redirection and Piping


Students will learn about cron jobs and processes


Students will learn about the vi editor

Quiz for the section
5 questions
Section 5: Basic Shell Programming

Students will create their first shell program


Students will understand what a variable is and how it can be used in their programs


Students will learn about special types of variables in this lesson


Students will learn about the If-Else construct


Students will understand the slightly more complex Nested If-Else construct

Quiz for the section
5 questions
Section 6: Substitutions, Logical operators and loops

Students will learn about substitutions or special characters


Students will learn about logical operators in this lesson


Students will understand the concepts of loops


Students will learn about while loops

select loop and switch case

Students will learn about a program that combines If-Else and Logical Operators and Loops in this lesson

Quiz for the section
5 questions
Section 7: Arrays and File operations

Students will learn about arrays and how it can be used in their programs


Students will learn how to read from a file in this lesson


Students will learn to write to a file in this lesson


Students will learn a program that combines reading and writing from files (along with some other operators that we learnt so far)

Quiz for the section
4 questions
Section 8: Advanced Programming techniques

Students will learn about Unix signals and how to use them in their programs


Students will learn about functions and how it can be used to simplify programming


Students will learn how to execute multiple scripts within a program

Quiz for the section
3 questions
Section 9: Bonus and Example programs

Students will learn the basic program of how to generate a fibonacci series


Students will learn a program that checks if a given string is a palindrome or not


Students will learn how to reverse a given number


Students will learn a simple program that calculates simple interest and a farewell message to students


Students will learn about further resources and reading materials

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Instructor Biography

Ram Mohan, Software Engineer by Profession, Financial guru by choice

Ram is a self taught financial expert with over 15 years experience investing in both the mutual fund and stock markets. Ram's portfolio is truly international as he owns stocks, and funds in Indian, Australian and US markets

Ram is a regular contributor to several different financial forums viz. Moneycontrol, JagoInvestor. He is also a financial advisor to several of his friends and work colleague (Ram is a s/w professional in his regular job) and has helped design and plan investments for many of them.

Most of Ram's knowledge has been self-taught but due to his in-depth practial experience, he is regularly sought out by many people who are just starting out in the investing world as well as by regular investors for advice and help. Since Ram is a s/w professional, he combines his knowledge of the money markets along with his technical skills to make investing easy and something that can be done "at the click of a button" which makes his tips highly sought after by the communities he frequents

He runs his own movie blog in his free time as well and is also authoring a book on financial freedom

Ram is a veteran in the software industry having played with Unix as early as in 1993 and is called on to troubleshoot problems with friends and colleagues' computer issues. His experience as a Support Manager has seen him work on a wide variety of technologies including HTML, ColdFusion, Java, JSP, J2ME along with all possible Database and AppServer flavors.

He currently serves as a software consultant on several startup projects and runs his own podcast site interviewing Indian startups and entrepreneurs

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