Lesson series

Essential Unix Skills for Developers

Learn Unix, the platform behind the web and modern coding. Harness its strength & elevate your development skills.
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What You'll Learn

  • How to use the most common Unix tools and utilitiesItem
  • Working with Unix shells
  • Popular command-line editors like vi/vim & pico/nano
  • Numerous commands & techniques for manipulating text files and text output
  • Managing user accounts, adding/removing applications, working with processes
  • Useful networking-related commands to help you troubleshoot your web apps/services & network tools
  • Deploying apps to Linux servers as services & with Docker

Course Contents

9 sections • 76 lectures • 18h 1m total lengthNormal text.


  • Windows 10 (capable of running WSL2), MacOS or Unix-like OS (Linux/FreeBSD/etc.)
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • At least beginner-level programming skill is helpful but NOT necessary
  • Strong desire/motivation to learn


Discover the power of Unix, the backbone of major programming languages and tools, with our comprehensive course. Gain a deep understanding of Unix and its commands to elevate your developer skills to new heights.
What do C, Go, Python, Perl, Java, Node.js, Git, SSH, Docker, Kubernetes, MySQL, SQLite, iOS, MacOS, Android and SO many more programming languages, tools & platforms have in common? They were all developed on Unix-related operating systems like Linux, MacOS (yes, MacOS IS Unix too), FreeBSD & many others. That means these tools are 1st-class citizens in Unix. Virtually every modern developer will interact with some aspect of Unix in their career whether they're using Git and GitHub or deploying their web applications and services to The Cloud, Unix is nearly inescapable.
In this course, we'll teach you the basics of this amazing and powerful operating system so that you can get the most out of it and feel comfortable working with it to get useful work done. There's a reason Unix is so ubiquitous, and by the end of this course, you'll know exactly why.
What's so special about Unix? It's an operating system that was designed by programmers for programmers. It's basically a giant open development platform. Unix doesn't try to hide its programming tools away from the casual user. Those tools are all up front and center, making it easy and pleasurable to develop sophisticated software and test it out on the platform. That's why so many of the world's most popular languages and development tools have been developed on Unix over the decades.
Do you have to learn Unix to be a developer? No, of course not. But many developers are forced to interact with Unix-related technologies every day without realizing that's what they're doing. As a result, they stumble their way through cryptic-seeming commands and invocations without understanding the underlying technology and the systems and theories on which they are based. If one understands where these commands and techniques are coming from, they become much easier to master and they are much less intimidating. It is at this point that one can truly unleash the power of the tools.
Let us help you to unleash that power for yourself to take your skillset to the next level.

Who is this Course For?

  • People just starting out in modern software development
  • Existing software developers who want to get more familiar with Unix/Linux/MacOS command line skills
  • People who want a deeper understanding of modern development environments & tools like git, Docker, etc.
Meet the instructor

Terry Christopher Martin

Terry has worked as a software developer, architect & director for over two decades for some of the largest, most well-known corporations in the world. He has touched numerous industries and domains such as: Finance, Aerospace, Biotech & Cloud Services.
As a manager & director, he has interviewed, hired and managed large teams of developers with a wide range of skills. Because of this experience, he has seen where so many developers fall short and he knows what it takes to land great software development jobs.
Let Terry share his vast knowledge of software development with you so that you can level-up your career!
Patrick Jones - Course author

Our students love us

Second course from Terry, first one was Java, and in both I have learned so much. Definitely more than what I learned in a full semester, and it's all practical.
Amarjit S.
David S.
It's a great course. UNIX has a steep learning curve of that there is no doubt but
Kanishk N.
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