Unix tools defined the modern computing landscape. Originally created in the 1960’s, in today’s fast moving market place, Unix tools provide the user the avenue to solve many engineering and business analytics problems professionals face today.
Although by the standards of shiny IDEs some may find the interface of these tools arcane, their power for exploring and prototyping big data processing workflows remains unmatched. Their versatility makes them the first choice for obtaining a quick answer and the last resort for tackling difficult problems. Compared to scripting languages, another great productivity booster, Unix tools uniquely allow an interactive, explorative programming style, which is ideal for solving efficiently many engineering and business analytics problems that we face every day.
Natively available on all flavors of Unix-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux and Mac OS X, the tools are nowadays also easy to install under Windows.
While many Unix-like systems have come and gone over the years, there’s still plenty of reasons why the original operating system has outlasted the competition.
Sign up for IEEE’s upcoming Unix Tools webinar, presented by Diomidis Spinellis, a Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. His research interests include software engineering, IT security, and cloud systems engineering. There will be five sessions beginning Monday, 22 January 2018, covering a wide range of topics including the most important tools for fetching, selection, processing, summarization, and reporting—as well as more specialized commands for handling software development and system administration tasks, sound and images, and even graph-structures.