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Command Line Interface Basics

Monday Apr 30, 2018 Kudzai Nyandoro

Most of us navigate through the computer via the graphical user interface. Also, known as the GUI. We use the GUI to play videos, write emails, listen to music and view files among other things.

There is an alternative tool for the adventurers, programmer, web and software developers and this tool is called the Command Line Interface or CLI. You'll also hear people call it the terminal, or command prompt.

The Command Line Interface is a text-based interface which offers great power and precision over your computer. With this tool, you can navigate, through your files, execute commands, and create files and a whole host of other things.

This is a great tool for a programmer because it speeds up your workflow and helps you compile and run your code. You can also use the CLI to update your computer, install software and troubleshoot.

All my Screencasts will assume you're on a Mac or a Unix based machine such as Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.