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UNIX Shell Programming for Developers

Who will the Course Benefit?

Programmers, developers and system administrators who need to construct shell scripts using advanced text handling facilities.

The UNIX Shell Programming for Developers course assumes knowledge of the UNIX Operating System to the level covered in the UNIX Introduction Course.  Some programming experience may also prove advantageous.

Learning Objectives

To provide the skills needed to develop and customise unix shell programs and to make effective use of a wide range of standard UNIX programming and development tools.


Delegates should have attended the Unix Introduction course.

Course Content

Skills Gained

The delegates will practise:

    * Writing simple scripts to enhance basic command output
    * Using the various shell quoting mechanisms appropriately
    * Manipulating shell variables and user-defined variables in scripts
    * Implementing conditional execution facilities
    * Using the shell's built-in loop constructs where appropriate
    * Writing scripts to trap user interrupts
    * User defined Functions
    * Developing menu-driven shell scripts
    * Backing up and restoring files
    * Scheduling background jobs using cron and at
    * Using file comparison utilities
    * Using the head and tail utilities
    * Using the cut and paste utilities
    * Using split and csplit
    * Identifying and translating characters
    * Sorting files
    * Using regular expressions
    * Translating characters in a file
    * Selecting text from files with the grep family of commands
    * Editing text files with sed
    * Creating programs with awk

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