Good old BASH is probably the most popular command shell out there. Take any randomly selected Angular or React developer and ask him or her what type of computer OS they use, 99% of them will say Mac OS. Why? Some will tell you they like the sleek interface of Mac or it's resilience against malware, but the real key comes down to having a BASH shell. This is huge because things like npm, gulp, ng cli, ssh, git, travis CI, karma, protractor, cucumberjs, and more all run in a BASH shell. Sure, Windows has it's own command line, but it's not the same. Not at all! Lol. Anyway, I'm super excited that Windows has managed to give their own command line support for BASH, unlocking otherwise difficult to take on projects for many developers including my friend Wayne Pao who is fearlessly learning test automation with AngularJS right now as I'm typing this now (on his windows machine)!
Below is a video I stumbled across that explains it more. Basically, you just boot up a command shell and type "bash". That's all! Then your shell is in "BASH mode" and everything you type after that will respond as if it's a regular unix shell! Awesome!
Here's a link to the original page where the video was published: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/commandline/wsl/about.
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