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Joe Dayvie11,956 Points
Learning Console for Ruby on Rails
Currently on the Rails Development Track and about to finish up the Console portion. I will be honest...I understood it well at first but by the end, I am completely lost and confused.
Would you say this is normal? Have others been quite confused/stressed out when first working in the console?
Tell me I am not crazy...please? =P
Sage Elliott30,003 Points
Hello, Joe! You're not crazy! I found it frustrating at first too. But now I feel weird when I'm NOT working in the console! Just keep working away at it and you'll get used to it sooner than you think! :)
William LiCourses Plus Student 26,865 Points
Hi, Joe Dayvie , how have you been? I remember having a forum conversation with you about Xcode & Swift a while back, now let's talk a little about something near and dear to my heart -- the UNIX terminal.
I've been working with the console everyday for the almost 10 years, and to be honest, I don't remember everything taught in this course. For example,
foreground job are sth I always need to look them up, because I just don't use them very often.
The thing about the console is that, it's massive, it can be considered as a complete Operating System on its own. You aren't supposed to remember everything there's to know about the console, and I doubt anyone could. What you should do is to gain better understanding of the console by constantly using and exploring various aspects of it.
Here're some suggestions I can offer:
- remember some of the most frequently used commands, such as
grep... etc. Having a good grasp of these few most useful commands goes a long way, since most of your time spend on console is to repeatedly typing them, one after another.
- almost all console commands come with man page of help docs; either by typing
command_name --help, it'll show you a comprehensive list of things you can do with the commands, this info is invaluable.
- have a cheatsheet handy so that you don't have to google everytime you forget about how to use 1 small command. I always have this book on my desk for reference The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction