message "<P>The <B>command line</B> is a text-based way to interact with your computer.</P>
<P>In Windows and OS X we use graphical user interfaces (GUIs). GUIs let you operate your computer with pictures
and a mouse. We start programs by clicking an icon, look through files and folders in Finder or File Explorer,
or pick a command from a dropdown menu.</P>
<P>In the command line, we type commands to run programs and navigate through files and folders. We will need this to run
Ruby progams from files. This lesson covers the commands we need for the workshop.</P>"
message "It\'s helpful to keep Finder (OS X), File Explorer (Windows), or
Nautilus (Ubuntu) open during this topic. We\'ll make files and move between
directories. A graphical file browser will help you see the results more
goal "Learn about the command line"
goal "Make a new directory"
goal "Browse some directories on your computer"
goal "Learn the commands `pwd`, `mkdir`, `ls`, `cd` and `man`"
message 'Open up a command line application on your computer.'
message "**On Macs:** In Finder, start Applications > Utilities > Terminal, or find the Terminal application through Spotlight (click the magnifying glass in the top right of the screen and start typing 'Terminal')"
message '**On Windows:** open up **Git Shell** from your desktop or All Programs menu. Do not use Power Shell! It doesn\'t support the ssh command that we need.'
message '**On Linux:** press Ctrl + Alt + T or Find Terminal under the Accessories category of your applications menu.'
message 'We will call this "the console" or "the command line", no matter what program you\'re using. '
message 'Consoles will either start in your home directory, the way OS X and Windows open up in your Desktop, or in the directory you ended in during your last console session. We\'ll talk more about the home directory in a few steps.'
message 'The first word you type in the terminal is always the name of a program.
Many programs are included in OS X and Windows, like `ls` and `pwd`. Others
are programs you installed, like `ruby`, `irb`, or `vagrant`.'
message 'Hit **RETURN** or **ENTER** to run the command.'
message '`ls` stands for **list**, and lists the contents of the current directory.'
message 'You are in your home directory. You may see directories like
\'Documents\' or \'Desktop\'. If you start up Finder, File Explorer, or
Nautilus, you\'ll see the same files and folders listed.'
message '`pwd` means "print working directory". It shows you what **directory** you\'re currently in. Directories are also often called **folders**.'
message '`pwd` can tell you where you are if you get lost somewhere in your computer.'
message 'What directory are you in right now?'
console 'cd workspace'
message '`cd` means **c**hange **d**irectory. You use `cd` when you want to move from the current directory into some other directory.'
message "Notice how it changed? The working directory ends in '/workspace'."
console 'mkdir railsbridge_ruby'
message '`mkdir` means **m**ake **d**irectory. You use `mkdir` when you want to create a new directory.'
message 'Now the directory "railsbridge_ruby" shows up in the list.'
message 'The command line is just one way of manipulating the files on your computer. Try to find the new directory you created in Finder or Windows Explorer.'
message 'If you get an error saying the directory already exists, maybe someone did these steps on your computer before. Don\'t fret.'
message "Let\'s go back to your home directory."
console 'cd ~'
message "`~` is the tilde key. On US keyboards, it's on the top left, next the
1 key, and you have to press `SHIFT` along with it.
On the command line, the tilde means your **home directory**, a directory owned by the account currently logged in to the computer.
Your home directory might be something like `/home/sparklepants` (Linux) or `/Users/saucyfrank` (Mac).
What\'s your home directory?"
message "Remember that you can always get back to your home with `cd ~`."
message 'The dash is a special shortcut that brings you back to your last
location, like an "undo" for `cd`.'
console 'cd -'
message 'What command shows you your current directory?'
message 'You should be back in "railsbridge\_ruby\another\_directory".'
message "There are two tricks to save you some typing. The first one is command history."
message "Press the `up arrow` key."
message "Press `ENTER` to run the command."
message "Keep pressing the arrow key to replay commands. The `up arrow` moves backward through history, and the `down arrow` moves forward."
message "The `TAB` key will autocomplete a command."
message '... and hit `TAB`.'
result 'cd railsbridge_ruby'
Autocomplete will be as smart as it can. If you started with `cd`, it will list directories.
If it could be a command, it will suggest commands. When there are multiple matches, it will show you the options.
message '... and hit `TAB`. What happens? Hit `TAB` a second time.'
result 'Display all 203 possibilities? (y or n)'
message 'When autocomplete is stumped, it\'ll wait for another hint. It will ask when there are too many possibilities.'
message 'There are quite a few commands that begin with `p`! Autocomplete can remind you when you don\'t know what all the choices are.'
message "Using the command line and your editor, create a new directory that contains a set of text files. These text files will be lists of the various things you want to learn."
message "For example, you might want to learn various things about ruby and HTML. You could create a `ruby.txt` file and a `html.txt` file in the same directory. In each file, enter in a few questions you have about those topics."
message "The command line is an essential tool for computer programmers. While daunting at first, it offers great flexibility in moving around your computer and manipulating files."
message "There are many, many, many more commands available on the command line than what we've seen here, but these are enough to get you going."
message 'Command summary:'
table class: 'bordered' do
td 'print working directory'
td 'print the full path to your current directory'
td 'list directory'
td 'display the contents of the current directory'
td 'cd [directory]'
td 'change directory'
td 'make this directory the current directory'
td 'man [cmd]'
td "show the manual for this command. press 'q' to quit."
message "If your workshop is using a Virtual Machine (ask a TA!) now is the time to take a detour to [Using Virtual Machines](using_virtual_machines)"