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102DE, Wisconsin Center

Bash Is Magic # No It’s Not

Presented by Dwayne McDaniel

When leveling up as a developer, one of the most intimidating aspects often is using the command line interface, or CLI. In fact, it might seem downright terrifying. The reality is: If you can type, you can use the command line.

Every senior level developer will remember a time when they got overwhelmed by opening the terminal. Those same people will tell you this is one of the most important capabilities they acquired.

For Mac and Linux users your command line interface is Bash. Windows users can also use this tooling, so Bash can unlock the true potential of any machine. Besides gaining more control of your device, Bash lets you leverage hundreds of power tools like WP-CLI, Drush, npm, composer, and Behat, to name a few.

Leave this session understanding
– A brief history of the command line
– The basic commands for manipulating your files and folders
– An overview of tools that are only available through the command line
– The basics of Bash scripting, the secret to automating anything


Dwayne McDaniel


Dwayne has been working in tech and open source since 2005. Once he dipped a toe into the world of Free and Open Source Software, he knew never wanted to work outside of it again. Dwayne first started building in Drupal and WordPress for the San Francisco Improv community in 2013, which lead him to his current role. As a Developer Advocate at Pantheon he has had the privilege of presenting at dozens of community events from Paris to Iceland and from MIT and Stanford. Reach out at mcdwayne.com or on twitter @mcdwayne You can see some of my talks recorded here: http://wordpress.tv/speakers/dwayne-mcdaniel/ As well as some of my DrupalCamp talks: Texas Camp: https://youtu.be/AFEcZ2g2Juk Design4Drupal: https://youtu.be/1r2AoaO9dME Full list of my talks is available at mcdwayne.com