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on 3 February 2018
Probably the best programming book I've ever bought. Huge amount of information, well structured and great tips. Just wish you get an online version with print but nobody does that. My advice is, if you don't need a paper copy, buy the Kindle version as you never know when you need it and it's big. My mistake.
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on 2 October 2017
Enormous book that explains it all.
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on 12 June 2017
Books brilliant loads of cool commands and scripts.
Only problem is the book came in a poor state/ damaged with corners and pages bent, folded and falling out the book!
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on 28 May 2013
Firstly let me say that I didn't buy this book, it was bought for me by my company. I funded the purchase of the other book that makes up my Powershell collection (Windows Powershell in Action, Bruce Payette). Windows PowerShell in Action

This book is a bad way to learn to program from the ground up, and indeed doesn't intend to teach you that. Although you could learn from it in that fashion you would be better served by other books. What this book does do is present examples of problems to those with some programming skill - not much skill needed to be sure, and it solves those problems and shows you how those problems are solved. This provides a good learning experience of real life programming, and unless you are already very adept your coding abilities will improve and possibly improve significantly - mine certainly did.

It's second function, is to provide a cookbook as the name says of useful coding tricks with ready code samples to slice and dice as you see fit into your program. A thousand pages covers the very simple basics, (eg notification of job completion) through the more common usages of string handling, file use (simple and structured including XML, parsing and processing a directory tree), internet work such as scripted downloads all within the first few sections. These are then revisited with more advanced examples showing how these can be worked into system administration and automation with useful real world examples (parsing AD trees to amend and update users, eventlogging, server scripting and remoting, debug and security work.

There is no dedicated sections on using Powershell with Exchange or SQL which I was a little surprised by but there probably is no real need. Like all O'Reilly books it's beautifully laid out and easy to read, with clear concise writing from the author, who clearly knows his onions and has geniune real world experience.

Don't buy this expecting to learn Powershell - it's not for that - although you will learn a lot. As a companion book for a learner, or for a standalone "idea's" book for an experienced or intermediate coder this is hard to beat and it should be on everyones bookshelves for those reasons.
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on 2 August 2013
The one-stop-shop and must-have lookup tool for anyone wanting to start learning Powershell 3, or in need of a single place to look up answers to any questions about it.
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on 21 February 2014
Initially released seven years ago, Windows PowerShell is a supercharged command-line utility designed to provide greater control and flexibility to IT administrators and developers.

According to Microsoft, "using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities" allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.

Even though the Windows PowerShell Cookbook isn't a tutorial per se, the format in which information is conveyed and described seems to be more effective in helping new and experienced PowerShell users alike experiment with scripts and topics relevant to their needs. Holmes explains this as "helping you learn PowerShell through task-based solutions to your most pressing problems."

Read a recipe, read a chapter, or read the entire book—regardless, you’re bound to learn something. I found Holmes' task-based solution approach an excellent way of presenting real-world examples of implementations – explaining topics with logical and understandable scenarios.

Reviewer's Note: This review of "Windows PowerShell Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft's Command Shell" was written prior to 2015 and has been republished by the original author in July 2015.
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on 19 December 2012
Maybe this wasnt the right book for me but all I can say is that it is scaring me of learning powershell. Is got its own weird and wonderfull language. The booked doesnt help by laying out the scripts in a confusing and hard to follow fashion. Suppose thats because it a cookbook!

Find another one or just stick with Batch files or write whatever you want in C# or some other language.
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on 19 November 2010
With O'Reilly you can't really go wrong needed a hands on book as more and more of our scripts are being converted to powershell, really handy for starters to get a grip and for the pro's to have some more inside.
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