Notes on Bash Scripting Talk

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Articulate a "floor" of what experience is required for this talk. Particularly with concrete examples of what they should be able to do (like you must have forked and merged with git)

  • Think about motivating use cases

Okay, interesting things to think about. What is the base-level of experience required for participation in this talk? That raises the question of what kind of talk I want to give.

I think, assuming basic familiarity with how to open a shell, how to use it for basic tasks like moving, copying, creating, renaming files etc. Same for folders, moving around the filesystem and seeing what is where. This is the base level.

Bonus if they've dealt with globbing, variables, loops etc. But not necessary.

Interesting thing that Sumana made me think about. I'm not sure how much I want to/can go into the history of bash and where it came from. That's sort of a rabbit hole and not really my personal experience. But I think the organizational structure might suit me. Talking about the unix philosophy, is really talking about how bash "thinks" about the world. Same with argument processing and finding programs. Then, the end of the talk transitions into the more experiential viewpoint of bash. How do you do the stuff, how do you end up with what you want.

General ways to approach explaining things

  • An historical perspective
  • An org structure view
  • Experiential view

Motivating examples: Good example for find etc. with ebooks and deeply nested folder

  • The Use/Mention distinction

So, what kinds of use cases can I dream up for motivating bash stuff? Or can I find?

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