Welcome to Linux

Hello and Welcome. We are looking forward to having you walk this learning journey with us. This is the Linux course we have prepared especially for you! 

Our goal with this course, and all our courses, is for you to: 

  • get some real coding experience
  • create a portfolio of evidence for future employers
  • apply your skills to simulated real-world scenarios

Humans live on Sparta

Humans are on the brink of extinction

The dawn of an apocalypse sees robots roaming the Earth freely. These robots – called Soil-Destroyers – eat everything that us humans need to survive.

They’ve eaten much of the Earth’s biomass already (our soil, our plants, our farms), leaving humans and animals an insufficient supply of food. 

Humans can’t keep up producing enough farm food to survive. Realising that the entire World is under threat, The Council of the Human Race have come up with a way to reproduce the Earth’s biomass faster.

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The Plot

One of their scientists – Dr. Agro Planti – has built a Programme Genesis, a super advanced programme that is able to use images of plants and animals to decode their DNA. The United Nations World Food programme (https://www.wfp.org/) will then be able to use their science lab to recreate the plants and animals that we need to survive. 

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What we need to do to save everyone…

The only way for Dr Agro Planti’s programme Genesis to work is by building a Linux machine, and creating an image sorting algorithm. 

The Soil-Destroyer robots are about to go into hibernation for 3 months. This is your chance to help Dr Agro Planti complete the Genesis programme, grow plant and food samples while the robots go into hibernation. To help them build this machine, we have to understand Linux.

You are requested to assist Dr. Agro Planti’s programme Genesis by helping him build this machine, you have to understand Linux and how it will be useful in building the machine. 

First we need to understand all the principles related to Linux to apply our knowledge in rebuilding the Earth’s biomass.

Course outline

What will we learn?

The image below shows all the lessons available in this course. Hover on the hotspots to see what you will learn in each of the lessons.

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To the course

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Project

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Summary

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Let's get started with Linux

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We will be talking to Brent George from GetSet Games who will be sharing lessons on what it takes to build a career in the game development world.

Join Brent and TechWays for a free webinar on Thursday 3 March 5:30-6:30pm SA time. Brent has worked at 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐬 𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐢-𝐀𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞.𝐧𝐞𝐭, 𝐔𝐛𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭 etc. He worked on James Cameron’s 𝐀𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐀𝐑 game, 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐧: 𝐀𝐫𝐤𝐡𝐚𝐦 𝐎𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐬 and so much more. 

We are truly excited to learn from someone who has over 30 years of game development experience – the tips and best practices to building a game development career. 

This event is suitable for learners, parents and their teachers. Book your spot HERE

type ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) that determines the Data Type of any data presented. 

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We will be talking to Jason Suttie from Devson. Jason has been in the tech world since he was six years old. He headed IT innovation unit at RMB and has since left to start up his own software consulting company – solving problems and building solutions for clients around the world. 

Let’s hear more about the trends in the software and programming industries, where jobs are moving to and what kind of skills you’ll need in this exciting world of opportunities out there. 

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We will be talking to Noelene Kinsley from GC Network. Noelene has been specialised in the exciting career of Genetic Counseling and wants to share her passion for making the world a healthier place using genetics….and data science technology. 

Let’s hear more about the trends in the health/genetics industries, where jobs are moving to and what kind of skills you’ll need in this exciting world of opportunities out there. 

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Calling on all high schoolers interested in tech as a career to join us on 16 September at 5:30pm. If you missed it, we’ll host another one on 18 November. 

We covered the following:

  • general tech career tips
  • a few “hot button/in-demand” career pathways and jobs
  • the skills needed to access these careers
  • some of the job realities in these careers

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Calling on all high schoolers interested in tech as a career. Join us on Thursday 17 March at 5:30pm.

 

We will be sharing:

  • general tech career tips
  • a few “hot button/in-demand” career pathways and jobs
  • the skills needed to access these careers
  • some of the job realities in these careers

There are only 100 spaces – so book your spot now – please RSVP here Book

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#WOW – What Outstanding Work – Awards: join us to learn from our students. 

Our top 20 learners are from St Andrews for Girls, Reddam Umhlanga, Evolve Online, Nova Pioneer and Sutherland High

Learners will be presenting their final projects. Come celebrate their successes and lessons learnt with us at our TechWays #WOW Awards.

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Variables

More about variables

Info about variables

Integrated Development Environment – A digital environment used to develop games, software, hardware, that offers integration from debugging to compiling. 

print ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) that executes data inside the brackets. The results get printed out on the console/results section.

input ( ) is a built-in function (still to cover what built-in functions are later) allows a user to insert info into a program/the code. 

Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game created by Leonard Stern and Roger Price. It consists of one player prompting others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story before reading aloud.

Indentation – In the written form of many languages, an indentation or indent is an empty space at the beginning of a line to signal the start of a new paragraph.

str ( ) is a built-in function that converts and sequence of characters (numbers especially) in to text. 

\ – escape character is a string character that tell Python that the next character after it should be taken as a string and not as an instruction.

In programming Concatenation is a process of appending one string to another. 

String Special Characters

There a number of special string characters that have different functions when used inside ” “. Here’re some useful and common ones:

  • \n – Newline – Everything after it goes to next line.
  • \t – Horizontal tab – creates a tab space, similar to when you use ‘tab’ on keyboard.
  • \b – backspace – deletes the character before the it.
  • \r – carriage return – same as \n

String Built-in Functions/Methods

There are a lot of strings functions/methods in Python. Find full list in course manual. Here’s are some that you find useful in this course:

Functions

  • len(varName) – Returns the length of a list, string
  • “char to add”.join(varName) – Converts the elements of an iterable into a string.

Methods 

  • varName.capitalize() – Converts the first character to upper case.
  • varName.center(length) Returns a centered string
  • varName.count(“?”) Returns the number of times a specified value occurs in a string.
  • varName.endswith(“?”) – Returns true if the string ends with the specified value.
  • varName.find(“?”) – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found.
  • varName.format(placeholder = value) – Formats specified values in a string.
  • varName.index(“?”) – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found.
  • varName.isalnum() – Returns True if all characters in the string are alphanumeric.
  • varName.isalpha() – Returns True if all characters in the string are in the alphabet.
  • varName.isascii() – Returns True if all characters in the string are ascii characters.
  • varName.isdecimal() – Returns True if all characters in the string are decimals.
  • varName.isdigit() – Returns True if all characters in the string are digits.
  • varName.isidentifier() – Returns True if the string is an identifier.
  • varName.islower() – Returns True if all characters in the string are lower case.
  • varName.isupper() – Returns True if all characters in the string are upper case.
  • varName.isnumeric() – Returns True if all characters in the string are numeric.
  • varName.isprintable() – Returns True if all characters in the string are printable.
  • varName.isspace() – Returns True if all characters in the string are whitespaces.
  • varName.istitle() – Returns True if the string follows the rules of a title.
  • varName.ljust(value) – Returns a left justified version of the string.
  • varName.rjust() Returns a right justified version of the string.
  • varName.lower() – Converts a string into lower case.
  • varName.upper() – Converts a string into upper case.
  • varName.strip() – Returns a trimmed version of the string.
  • varName.lstrip() – Returns a left trim version of the string.
  • varName.rstrip() Returns a right trim version of the string.
  • varName.partition() – Returns a tuple where the string is parted into three parts.
  • varName.replace(“old”, “new”) – Returns a string where a specified value is replaced with a specified value.
  • varName.rfind() – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found.
  • varName.rindex() – Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found.
  • varName.rpartition() – Returns a tuple where the string is parted into three parts.
  • varName.rsplit() – Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list.
  • varName.split() – Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list.
  • varName.splitlines() – Splits the string at line breaks and returns a list.
  • varName.startswith() – Returns true if the string starts with the specified value.
  • varName.swapcase() – Swaps cases, lower case becomes upper case and vice versa.

Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again.

Prompt – to  cause or bring about; to make something happen. For example making someone to say or write something.

Heterogeneous – diverse in character or content; containing different things

Homogeneous – of the same kind; alike throughout.

Text editor – is the part of the IDE where you write the code. Most text editors highlight words with different properties like functions to help you distinguish them from one another. 

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