Apr 30, 2020
This is a very friendly step-by-step guide to Unix for beginners, it helps to build a solid foundation, and the exercises are designed to explore more about what has been introduced in the course.
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!
por Carlos F M M•
Dec 03, 2019
por 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.
por Will J•
Aug 07, 2017
I came into the course with some knowledge of the shell but the course really opened up my eyes to how to use some of the more advanced features of bash scripting. To get a five star review, I would have expected some more depth such as including sections on awk or sed. In addition, I would have really like to better understand how people apply these skills in the real world. Especially with the close ties to the Data Science certification (both courses being from John Hopkins), I would have expected to see how a makefile could be used to rebuild analyses or how sed could be used to do some in-stream processing. Bottom line: I'm glad I took the course but wouldn't pay for it as there's way more to learn.
por 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.
por Pratyush M•
Sep 12, 2018
Its a fairly good course for introduction to the command line. In my opinion, it would benefit from using better formatting commands in text using in-line code snippets like markdown. Also more resources for referring(like cheat sheets) in the very last lesson would be helpful and it would have helped even more if all resources which were mentioned before in the preceding chapters would have been included in the last lesson as well. But yes, I would recommend this to new learners.
por 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.
por Achuthan R V•
May 20, 2020
I would have preferred more video classes to explain the tools as opposed to texts. Further, separate modules on the vi editor, sed and awk utilities could have also been included as part of the course content. The exercises were good but an extra peer-reviewed assignment (on other Week 3 topics) would have been helpful.
por Huajun Z•
Jan 16, 2018
It's a very useful course, and helped me to code some simple bash programs, without which my current project would be very laborious. A small piece of suggestion is that content for each week can be further optimized, as the week3 and week4 contents are a bit too much, and week1 is a bit too little.
por John H•
Aug 25, 2017
Well paced intro to shell scripting and bash. Could use a little more video and discussion beyond the "text" for the module. However, this is early in the life of the course so perhaps these can be added.
It would be good to have a follow-up module with more make, Git and other areas! Thanks.
por Enpei L•
Apr 11, 2019
I chose to take this course as reading manuals is boring. The course is nice in the sense that it gives practicals that you can do and get yourself familiar with the commands. On the other side, the videos are not what I expected and not so useful to have anyways.
por 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.
por Rob C•
Sep 10, 2018
Really interesting course and a good introduction to shell programming. I did find the learning curve was a little uneven between weeks (1 and 2 were took almost no time, but some quirks in week 3 made it take much longer).
por Sougata G•
Dec 18, 2017
Fantastic book for beginners as well as people who haven't worked on Unix for a long time. Brush up and get going. Very lucid presentation ; gitHub lessons were an additional plus
por Sara A•
Oct 11, 2018
A very good course!
Before taking this course, I was a little worried to work with Linux. But now I really feel more comfortable with it.
Thanks to the instructor for his efforts.
por Edgardo S•
Apr 22, 2018
I could not get the connection with digitalocean, becasue the page requested me to pay. I suggest to use a server propietary of coursera only for courses.
por Kyösti P•
Mar 10, 2019
Excellent introductory course in to Unix and utilizing some of the basic command line functions as well as some of the progarmming structure basics.
por Kirulkar R B•
Feb 20, 2018
I learn so many new commands from this course.
and one more important thing is basic standard skeleton of bash programming as well as git-hub basic.
por Roger C•
Oct 29, 2017
It's very simple bash (my attention part!) tutorials, and I suggest the video teaching is much better than boring plain text.
por Bikarna P•
Apr 12, 2020
I enjoyed the course. However, I would have enjoyed still more, if there were demos using videos rather than mere texts.
por Abhishek k•
Jan 31, 2019
This course good for beginners...and helpful for learning git, linux bash shell and git.Thanks
por Francisco A d A e L•
Oct 16, 2017
Excelent course! I am very fluent in R but never tried Unix. This was the perfect opportunity.
por Dharmesh S•
Mar 03, 2018
The course is good for anyone trying to learn basics of UNIX and especially the GIT command
por Sajjad B S•
Feb 28, 2018
The Bash Programming Sections Could Have Been More Detailed.
Everything Else Is All Right.
por Miguel F•
Sep 07, 2017
Very good introduction to the command line i wish that could have more demanding exercises.
por Mohamed A•
Jun 04, 2019
Course is easy and straightforward, no excessive effort is needed to complete it.