Overcoming Fear of the Command Line with Rainbows and Dragons

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Problem #1

The command line was a dark and terrifying place that I was scared to go as a new programmer. 

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Tip #1

Bring a creature along to protect you

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Combine the magical powers of 'cowsay' (ASCII art) and 'lolcat' (rainbows) to create...

Tip #1

# Greeting that lives inside my .zshrc file
cowsay -f dragon 'Greetings, Human!' | lolcat

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Problem #2

Commands like 'rm -rf /' exist.

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Tip #2

Defang the beast

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Set an alias for 'rm' that gives a totally harmless warning.

Tip #2

# Alias rm to make it harmless
alias rm='echo "Cant touch this"'

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Problem #3

The command line is intimidating and frustrating enough. Typos just make things more annoying.

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Tip #3

Make errors more exciting

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Install "alternative" programs to deal with common typos. 

Tip #3

For me, the two commands I use (and typo) the most frequently are "ls" and "git"

Demo Time!

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Very little makes me as angry as the error messages that have "Did you mean..."

Tip #3 Bonus

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Questions?

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Overcoming Fear of the Command Line with Rainbows and Dragons

By mJordan Brady

Overcoming Fear of the Command Line with Rainbows and Dragons

A quick lightning talk written at Write Speak Code in August of 2017. This talk addresses the intense fear and struggles I suffered when I first started learning how to use the command line as a developer and some fun tips and tricks to make it less scary.

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