About this Course

In this course you'll learn the basic Linux fundamentals every web developer needs to know to share their web applications with the world! You'll get a basic Python WSGI application up and running within a Vagrant virtual machine that queries data from a PostgreSQL database.

You'll start by exploring various Linux distributions and learning the differences between a number of them. You'll then explore how the Linux operating system differs from other operating systems you may be more familiar with. With this base knowledge, you'll then move into Linux security - covering topics such as file permissions, user management, package management and configuring firewalls. Finally, you'll transform a safe and secure baseline server into a web application server by installing and configuring the Apache HTTP Server and PostgreSQL database server.

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Timeline
Approx. 1 weeks
Skill Level
advanced
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Michael Wales
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Prerequisites and Requirements

You should be comfortable with your terminal and working within a shell, if you need a refresher take a look at our Intro to the Shell.

To actually get a web application up and running you should be familiar with the Python programming language and PostgreSQL. Programming Foundations with Python and Intro to Relational Databases can help you get up to speed if you feel you need some additional practice.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

A basic understanding of linux systems administration is required to not only get your web application up and running for the world to see, but also to ensure it continues operating efficiently. In this course, you’ll explore a bare-bones linux system and how it differs from desktop environments you are currently familiar with. You’ll then address a number of security concerns full stack developers must contend with and, finally, serve one of your applications from your very own piece of the Internet.

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