Jan 29, 2018
A wonderful course! Answered so many questions I had and gave me a solid background in Git, Bash, makefiles, and working from the cloud. I will definitely be using these skills in my job search!
Sep 11, 2017
It is suitable for Unix/Linux beginners who are new to shell. It introduces popular code sharing and merging tool GitHub, which most programmers would find very useful in software development.
by Pratima S•
Aug 19, 2019
by Gautam K•
Dec 24, 2017
It was very good course designed for beginner in Unix. Thanks a lot for this. I was expecting a good hands on assignment at each week. The course could be much better if it would have included some more details in all the topics covered.
by Michael J C•
Jun 09, 2019
This is a good course, barely adapted from Sean Kross' UNIX workbench book. Much of the course material refers to chapter numbers but is easy enough to follow without the book. I found that some sections did make a few leaps between the written content and the exercises. For the most part this was OK but the exercises for the final section, "Nephology", were well beyond the written content ("now make a Twitter bot"). Also, the course required that we sign up to Digital Oceans (and gave us a credit)...be prepared for spam and officious disregard for customers.
by Gregory D H•
Jun 04, 2018
This is a a gentle introduction to the Unix command line environment covering the fundamental skills upon learners can build. For anyone considering taking the Genomic Data Science Specialization courses and not familiar with the Unix command line environment, "The Unix Workbench" is a good foundation. The inclusion of version control (git and repositories - both local and remote) plus cloud computing as remote development and deployment environments shows practical real world usage of command line skills.
I deducted one star solely based on the written narrative. While correct in its content the presentation was dry, in my opinion, if the target audience is novices or those with very limited exposure to the Unix command line. I am not a command line novice so maybe my critique is not shared by those in the target audience. Why did I take this course? The courses by instructors affiliated with Johns Hopkins University are consistently informative, practical, and enjoyable. It never hurts to refresh basic skills regardless of where we might be along the spectrum from novice to expert; I learn something each time. "The Unix Workbench" is a good addition to JHU's contribution to democratising education.
by Sajjad B S•
Feb 28, 2018
The Bash Programming Sections Could Have Been More Detailed.
Everything Else Is All Right.
by Richard S•
Oct 10, 2017
This course offers a wide range of topics for an entry-level course on UNIX/Linux. From user-type tasks (navigating the tree, manipulating files, etc), to programming-related ones (using make/makefiles, git, GitHub, etc), this course gives the learner enough knowledge to assess whether they want to continue with more advanced UNIX/Linux courses, or pursue some other area of knowledge.
by Kathi R R•
Feb 16, 2019
One word "SeanKross is awesome."
by Thomas L•
Jan 27, 2019
It's helpful if you want to know a thing or two about Bash.
by Ahmed M A M M•
Jan 14, 2019
The studying material demonstration is not fit for everyone and I see that it needs more explaining video from an instructor.
Aug 14, 2017
by Ugo N•
Aug 13, 2017
This course is very boring. But teaches you how to use Bash Shell.
I'm very disappointed and sad at this moment actually, because I want to move on to do other courses but this course is standing in the way of my progress. I just can't seem to get over the last few lectures of week 3. The form of teaching is not enjoyable enough to come back to the material, although what you learn is actually viable.
I have to stomach it and get through this course as quickly as possible, cause the mere thought of coming to it bothers my brain.
Overall, do it if you need to.
by Anthony A•
Mar 25, 2019
You need videos, not enough and all reading here, although it was the easiest course I've even started and completed. Took less than 1 day to complete and pass.
by Milad V•
Mar 02, 2019
in my opinion some concepts is not described very well...
by Jacky H•
Feb 16, 2019
99% of the contents in this course are transfered from the book of the same title. No instruction videos. The difficulty is somehow low which makes the author's elaboration feels dry and lengthy.
It is almost the same as reading the book yourself, beside the discussion forum, which is also not very helpful in my opinion.