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Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp

By : James K Lewis
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Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp

By: James K Lewis

Overview of this book

Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp is all about learning the essentials of script creation, validating parameters, and checking for the existence of files and other items needed by the script. We will use scripts to explore iterative operations using loops and learn different types of loop statements, with their differences. Along with this, we will also create a numbered backup script for backup files. Further, you will get well-versed with how variables work on a Linux system and how they relate to scripts. You’ll also learn how to create and call subroutines in a script and create interactive scripts. The most important archive commands, zip and tar, are also discussed for performing backups. Later, you will dive deeper by understanding the use of wget and curl scripts and the use of checksum and file encryption in further chapters. Finally, you will learn how to debug scripts and scripting best practices that will enable you to write a great code every time! By the end of the book, you will be able to write shell scripts that can dig data from the web and process it efficiently.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Linux Shell Scripting Bootcamp
Credits
About the Author
Acknowledgement
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Customer Feedback
Preface
Index

Chapter 10. Scripting Best Practices

This chapter explains some practices and techniques that will help the reader become a better and more efficient programmer.

In this chapter we will talk about what I consider to be scripting (or programming) best practices. Having programmed computers since 1977 I have attained quite a bit of experience in this field. I take great pleasure in teaching people about computers and hopefully my ideas will be of some benefit.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • Backups will be discussed again, including verification

  • I'll explain how to pick a text editor you are comfortable with and learn its capabilities

  • I'll cover some basic command line items such as using a good prompt, command completion, environment variables and aliases

  • I'll provide some bonus scripts