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Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches Paperback – 17 May 2011
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About the Author
Don Jones is a PowerShell MVP, writes the PowerShell column for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, and blogs about PowerShell for WindowsITPro.com. A top-rated speaker and trainer, Don developed PowerShell courseware for Microsoft and other companies, and has taught PowerShell to more than 20,000 IT pros.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is not an abstract look at PowerShell as a language but treats it as a tool you want to learn. It assumes you will be reading the chapters in order (which I would strongly recommend) and that you will be performing the exercises and running the code examples. Please make sure you do as it's the only way you will get the maximum benefit from the book.
As I have stated in other reviews I have three main criteria for judging a book:
* Is it technically accurate?
* Does deliver the material it claims to deliver?
* Is worth the cost of purchase and the time I spend reading it?
The first one is easy to deal with. Yes it is technically accurate. Don is an expert on the subject of PowerShell and more importantly for a book of this sort he is an expert on how to teach it. The book has been reviewed by a number of PowerShell experts and I performed the final technical review. It's as accurate as it can be!
The book has the following chapters:
1. Before you begin
2. Running commands
3. Using the help system
4. The pipeline: connecting commands
5. Adding commands
6. Objects: just data by another name
7. The pipeline, deeper
8. Formatting--and why it's done on the right
9. Filtering and comparisons
10. Remote control: one to one, and one to many
11. Tackling Windows Management Instrumentation
12. Multitasking with background jobs
13.Read more ›
So what can I say? Well I've read literally scores of technical books, everything from "Understanding IP6" to "The Suse Linux bible", but this text is by far and away the most enjoyable read out of the lot of them. It's not a tombstone of a book so immediately you feel that for once you might actually finish it, and that it wont be relegated to "reference manual" status.
The composition of the book is also excellent, with each chapter including practice examples designed to take about an hour each. The author is concise in his writing style but is still humorous, keeping the read enjoyable and relevant.
I've never before picked up a technical book and had trouble putting it down, but this book has changed all that. If you need or want to learn PowerShell and finally understand exactly what those scripts do in full, then this is the book for you!
I've counted up all the books I've bought whereby I've 'tried' to teach myself scripting methods, vbscript, perl, wmi, etc however I kind of glazed over, gave up the ghost or just went back to doing it the 'old faithful' way as I didn't have time to keep working through the learning curve. Like most of us, I'm busy enough in work keeping all the plates spinning that the last thing I needed to do was put up another plate!
Anyway, I've also 'played' with powershell quite a bit, starting back when it first came out and the snapins for VMWare came back in version 1.0. I got so much out of reporting on the Virtual Center etc that I'm told they still use a lot of the scripts I originally wrote. (And like most other people out there I guess, a lot of what I wrote came from stuff I'd found online that was excellent and freely available.) It got to the stage where I was just holding myself back with powershell so I looked around and actually bought a few other books but they joined the pile of other books gathering dust (I've counted them and I've spent over £150 on them since 2003!), I saw the good reviews on here, googled the author started following him on twitter and eventually bought the book.Read more ›
This one stands heads and shoulders above the others, purely down to the authors ability to explain complex topics in an easy to remember style. I love the month of lunches idea, and it works a charm.
I am so much better off for reading this book, and have now automated tasks and navigated my way through complex challenges strictly down to what I have learnt from this book.
A really great job, and I hope to see more from this author in the future.
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I used this book as a base to form a course I was running on beginners PowerShell. It covers the basics and would provide a decent start for anyone wanting to learn PowerShell 2. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by JBS
An excellent introduction to PowerShell. It has now been updated to v3 (for Windows Server 2012) which I have yet to read but this was easy to follow without skipping essential... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2013 by G. Davies
Easy to follow, easy to understand, with concepts laid out in laymans terms that allow you to gain a great understanding of where Microsoft want to go with Powershell. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2013 by E DAVID
Scripting is an essential part of my job and each day it becomes more crucial, but I can't program, and I have no formal training in scripting. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2012 by steve