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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..."

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