Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (August 5, 2013)
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Most PowerShell books fall into the general categories of manuals, training guides, and cookbooks. This book incorporates elements of all those things, yet manages to be none of them.If you're brand-new to PowerShell, this is not the book to start with. There isn't any time spent ramping up through an introductory chapter. It hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the end. If you need that introductory material, start elsewhere, but wishlist this for later.Looking at the table of contents, it presents much like a cookbook. It shows specific problems or scenarios and promises specific answers. The book does provide all of those things, but you get much more than a bit of script with a short explanatory paragraph. Each subject gets turned inside-out. You are given an explanation of what's going on. You are shown examples of bad script and good script. You are presented with alternatives. Most importantly, you get an inside peek at the thought process behind the solutions and approaches. Even if you don't have direct interest or need in a particular solution, you'll almost undoubtedly learn something valuable from each one.That is one of the great strengths of this book. Basic PowerShell is simple enough that most anyone can get through some basic operations and scripts without much help. For better or for worse, that can lead to an organic growth of knowledge in which a newcomer can reach a working proficiency level without ever really learning what the tool is capable of. This book fills in those gaps very well and does it by putting expert-grade scripting processes on display.To top it off, all the proceeds of this book are being donated to the Save the Children Fund. When you've got authors at this level donating quality work out of love for the craft and a desire to contribute to the community, you just can't go wrong.
This book covers the topics few (if any) else are, so you won't be getting a volume of more of the same tricks. As another reviewer mentioned, as well, unlike a traditional code cookbook, this doesn't just solve for the topics, but goes truly in depth. If you want to expand your PowerShell repertoire, you can't do much better than this book.Add to that the fact that the proceeds go to Save The Children, and you have a real winner. Seriously, why haven't you bought it already?
If you are a Windows admin or power user, you have no choice but to learn PowerShell, or you will fall behind! There is no finer learning than this book or the course by Don Jones at CBT Nuggets.
In the few years that I have been doing Powershell, I have had the amazing opportunity to meet each of the authors of this book in person.They are all rockstars in the Powershell Community.This is by far one of the best Powershell reference books I have had the pleasure to add to my collection.The content is laid out in such an easy to understand way that for everyone from Powershell newbies to advanced Powershell scripters, this is a must buy book.Thx,ScriptWarrior
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