Introduction to the OS X Unix Command Line

What: A Half-day Tutorial.
Where: At the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference in Santa Clara, California.
When: Monday, October 27th, 2003 - 8:30am - 12:00pm (3.5 hours)

This tutorial is a basic introduction to Unix, using Mac OS X, concentrating on the command-line interface that you are probably scared of - but don't need to be.

The tutorial covers what Unix is (and isn't), shows you what the "command line" is and how to get to it, and presents many examples of what you can do with the Unix layer of Mac OS X.

By the end of the tutorial you will have a basic understanding of how Unix works and be ready to decide if you want to further pursue learning Unix.

3.5 hours x 60 minutes = 210 minutes.
10 minutes for break, etc., so 200 minutes of scheduled time.

This will be a very intense tutorial. Each item we cover will have a "task" for you do do in the classroom -- some kind of mental excercise to help you learn and understand the conept being presented.

Come to this tutorial  prepared to work hard. Please bring a notebook and pencil or pen.

Each item in the tutorial will be covered using the following pattern:

  1. Instructor explains the concept/item. (1-2 minutes)
  2. Participants do an excersise or two that uses the concept. (3-6 minutes)
  3. Instructor tests the particpants to check if they "got it." (1-2 minutes)
See the Tutorial Outline

Unix for Mac OS X