The Command Line: Take Control

The command line is the original and most powerful way of navigating and manipulating the file system. Many new programmers avoid the command line because it seems intimidating, confusing, and (ahem) nerdy. You can actually get pretty far without knowing anything about the command line, but eventually you will need it. You might as well learn it early on. You won’t be sorry you did.

Anything UI Can Do, CLI Can Do Better

Windows Explorer (not to be confused with Internet Explorer), Mac’s Finder, and Linux’s Nautilus and Konqueror are all graphical representations of the file system. They show directories as little folder icons, and files as little file icons. You can click directories to show their contents, and ...

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