The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it's a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so that they don't have to type the same things over and over again.
The partially annotated log of the instructors' shell commands is at http://eoas.ubc.ca/~dlatorne/swc/2014-09-25-ubc/history.txt
The shell scripts we created during while live-coding during the bootcamp have been added to the swc-nelle-files repo on Bitbucket: