Recently on Hacker News, I saw a discussion about Hacker Tools, an MIT course/workshop for common tools used in software developement. I’m sure resources (free and not free) on those topics can be found online, but it’s really handy if they are organized as a course. In the discussion people shared several similar courses, and I have compiled a list of covered topics below.

Several topics are ubiquitous (i.e. they are important): Unix Shell (Bash), Text Editor (Vim), Version control (Git). They are important tools for almost all software engineers, no matter what language/library you use. Make sure to master those skills.

MIT Hacker Tools

  • Command-line environment
  • Data wrangling
  • Editors
  • Version control
  • Dotfiles
  • Backups
  • Automation
  • Machine introspection
  • Program introspection
  • Package/dependency management
  • OS customization
  • Remote machines
  • Web and browsers
  • Security and privacy

CMU Great Practical Ideas in CS (GPI)

  • Terminal
  • Vim
  • Bash
  • Git
  • Terminal Config
  • Emacs
  • Package Managers
  • Pandoc
  • Technical Interviewing
  • Digital Currencies

Software Carpentry

  • Version Control with Git
  • Programming with Python
  • Plotting and Programming in Python
  • Programming with R
  • R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis
  • Programming with MATLAB
  • Using Databases and SQL
  • Version Control with Mercurial

Purdue CS193 (Labs)

  • Terminal (lecture 1-2, 4)
  • Vim (lecture 3)
  • Source Control (lecture 5)
  • Git++ (lecture 6)
  • Technical interviewing (lecture 7)