New Developer — Terminal
What Is Terminal?
A terminal is an interface that allows computer users to manage files and programs through commands issued via the operating system, also known as a command-line interface. It enables users to perform tasks by typing and executing commands. Terminal can be used for file management, network management, file copying, database management, security management, and many other operations. Rather than performing specific tasks with a mouse or keyboard, users can accomplish them by entering commands in the terminal. Additionally, the terminal interface is faster, as it requires only a few keyboard inputs for operations, as opposed to several mouse clicks or movements. Learning how to use the terminal is a skill that speeds up tasks such as operating system settings, programming, and software development.
Who Uses Terminal and Why?
Terminal is widely used in software development and system administration fields. It provides an environment for programmers to write, test and manage their code and often comes bundled with many tools and services that are commonly used by developers. These tools include package managers, compilers, text editors, scripts, debugging tools and much more. Terminal also offers functions such as automation script writing and remote connectivity.
Terminal comes pre-installed on any operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux) you use on your computer. To access it you can search for “Terminal” or “Command Prompt” from your computer’s main menu or search bar. Then, you can use commands to perform tasks such as file management, program installation, database management and more.
It is a powerful tool for users who have the necessary knowledge and experience. However, it can be a bit challenging for beginners. Therefore it may be helpful to learn basic commands and practice a few times before starting to use the terminal. There are many terminal tutorials and resources available online.
To use the terminal, you may need to learn many different commands, so users need to know which command to use for a specific task. Although terminal commands differ in various operating systems most commands are the same across all systems.
To learn how to use the terminal you first need to access the appropriate terminal application for your operating system and open it. Then many online resources are available to learn basic terminal commands. Platforms such as Codecademy offer interactive tutorials on terminal usage and commands. You can also learn from websites on the internet.
It is possible to access documentation for terminal commands by using the “man” command in the terminal. For example, you can learn about the usage of the “ls” command by using the “man ls” command.
Finally practicing is important to learn how to use the terminal. Starting with simple commands and progressing towards more comprehensive topics such as file operations, file directories, system settings, and more is necessary. Learning to write scripts using shell programming languages such as “bash” can also be beneficial.
As the commonly used terminal terminologies are quite long I didn’t mention them in this article. I will cover this topic only in the next article.