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Dotty About Dotfiles!

Dotty About Dotfiles!

If you’ve ever used an open source project, you might have seen a dotfile before, such as .editorconfig or .eslintrc. A dotfile, literally, is a filename that starts with a dot. In projects they’re often used for configuration. In the same way, we can add dotfiles at the root directory of a user to power up our development machine setup with super powers!

About The Session


In this webinar we’ll be taking a look at what dotfiles are and how I use them to automate my machine setup, along with some bash scripts to tie things together. I’m using macOS, so macOS people will get some added treats on how to give your macOS super powers. That said, there will still be plenty of takes aways for Windows / Linux. The webinar is aimed at skillsets at all levels, and by the end of it you will have the knowledge to create your own dotfiles repository, or add to it, if you already have one.

What you’ll learn:

  • What is a dotfile
  • Why have a dotfiles repository
  • How to add various macOS super powers
  • How to speed up your workflow
  • How to get my full screencast series if you’re interested in learning more.

Please note, we’ll use the Zoom platform for this webinar, for improved video quality.

About The Speaker

Simon Owen is an award-winning freelance front-end developer with over 10 years industry experience. He has worked on a number of successful projects for multi-million pound e-commerce businesses, celebrities, and charities. This year, he has ventured into the world of freelancing aiming to help and share the knowledge he has gathered.

Simon is involved in a number of events: McrFRED (a monthly front-end meetup), UpFrontConf (a front-end conference for anyone who makes for the web), and digiHike (a hiking group for geeks).

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