Linux.com: CLI for Noobies: Shell Programming
Mar 16, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
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"Shell programming? I can hear it now. 'Barr, you're a lunatic!
This time you've gone too far! Noobies will never, ever, under any
circumstances, grok shell programming!' I don't blame them for
feeling that way. I was a doubter myself until I saw it with my own
eyes. But because I have seen it, and others have as well, this
week we're going to jump in the middle of that pond and see who can
swim and who can't.
"Several years ago the same argument was raging in the Austin
LUG. The LUG was going to provide instructors for an adult
continuing education class at a local high school. The students
would be motivated individuals new to computers in general, not
just to Linux. Most were recruited for the Linux class from an
introduction to computers class. Some Luggites said teach them on
Mandrake and never let them leave the GUI. Others said that would
be silly, and insisted that not only could the students learn to
use the CLI, they should..."