You know those woodworkers who use the foot-powered lathes? Yeah, like that guy right there. That’s kind of how I’ve always thought of people who use the command line to make their computer do things.
It seemed a bit like artisan computing, and now I am that artisan.*
I’m not making beautiful table legs yet. Mostly I can just pump the lever with the right rhythm and make a face like I mean it.
That was enough, however, to get me past the dozen or so high hurdles I met getting started with Python.
I couldn’t have done it without the help of Addison Berry over at Lullabot. Her Comand Line Basics videos are fantastic. She’s a great teacher. It’s kind of like having Terri Gross teach you computer programming. Now that I read that it sounds weird. But seriously, she’s great. You should totally get started now.
* Having learned command line basics, I see the weaknesses in the analogy, but I’m sticking with it!