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Red Hat Magazine: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Command Line, Part 1

Feb 17, 2005, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chip Turner)

"You've always been told to write maintainable code. All of those fancy books on Extreme Programming and every computer science course you've ever had has emphasized commenting and clarity and all of those other broccoli-is-good-for-you-so-clean-your-plate directives. This article, and its second half, are about the opposite of that—unreadable code, inscrutable code, and disposable code. But, also, indispensable code. It is the editor we will use that will be the dominating factor in the way we write our code, however, and that editor is the bash command line prompt.

"The first part of this series focuses on that versatile editor and the magic you can weave by combining fundamental concepts of UNIX with a healthy disregard for public safety..."

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