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Windows PowerShell in Action [Paperback]

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PowerShell replaces cobbled-together assemblies of third-party management tools with an elegant programming language and a powerful scripting shell for the Windows environment. In the tradition of Manning's ground breaking "In Action" series, this book comes from right from the source. Written by Bruce Payette, one of principal creators of PowerShell, Windows PowerShell in Action shows you how to build scripts and utilities to automate system tasks or create powerful system management tools to handle the day-to-day tasks that drive a Windows administrator's life. Because it's based on the .NET platform, PowerShell is also a powerful tool for developers and power users.

Windows PowerShell in Action was written by Bruce Payette, one of the founding members of the Windows PowerShell team, co-designer of the PowerShell language and the principal author of the PowerShell language implementation. The book enables you to get the most out of the PowerShell environment. Using many examples, both small and large, this book illustrates the features of the language and environment and shows how to compose those features into solutions, quickly and effectively.

This book is designed for anyone who wants to learn PowerShell and use it well. Rather than simply being a book of recipes to read and apply, this book gives you the deep knowledge about how PowerShell works and how to apply it.

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Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 5, 2007
Publisher   Manning Publications
ISBN  1932394907  
ISBN13  9781932394900  

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A master piece, great read and excellent content  Jul 17, 2008
I am reading many books about software development. This one is by far the best computer book that I've ever read. It starts of with the basic building blocks of powershell and ends with the Great finale of putting it all together. Wow, wow and wow. It's a feast.

By the way, I love Powershell.
The Powershell Bible  Mar 24, 2008
This is the only Powershell book you will ever need - until 2.0 comes out anyhow. Even then, this book builds the groundwork for using Powershell to automate all types of tasks and will be usable far into the future. I've used it to write a couple of Powershell applications so far and it's been worth every penny I paid already. After years of scripting in Windows shell, Perl, and some brief work with VBScript, Powershell is the way to go and this is the guide you need for it.
Just not that helpful  Mar 2, 2008
I purchased this book with high hopes based on the other glowing reviews to get started with powershell. The book covers the basic language pretty well, maybe it's because I am a beginner with powershell, but when I attempt to actually get something done with powershell, the book just doesn't have the answers. Beginners and task oriented people should look elsewhere and avoid this book.
Not a book for Power Shell Beginners.  Feb 14, 2008
This guy maybe be a Guru at PowerShell but this book is not beginner friendly at all. If you have been scripting for years then this may well be the "definitive guide". However, if you are a Windows System Administrator who tends to script from time to time to solve basic problems then this is book is absolutely not for you. I got better examples and information from the guide that came with powershell and webcasts on powershell that are on the microsoft technet site, than I got from this book. Once again its probably great for a developer or an person with scripting experience but its of little value for a beginner Sorry Bruce :( I had high hopes for the book based on all the other stellar reviews.
Good book from a master, but...  Jan 6, 2008
This book is written by a self-admitted geek expressly for geeks. Being a geek myself I rate it highly for content. However, Administrators should bypass it. There are few administrators or programmers that need to know "Why" something was done. There is too much information in this world to absorb and reading this book contributes to that. Plus, practical things like profiles and snapins are not even mentioned (I didn't find them while reading it, but if they are there it emphasizes the following point).

I disagree that it can be used a a reference, except by an occaisonal geek. It would take too long to find anything related to your daily problem even though it is probably there. Few publishers know how to organize and display technical data so that after it is read it can be found again. There are silly things like showing the wrong way to do things. Who needs that in a reference book since you may copy it without checking if it works? A true reference book defines every (well at least the most useful) command/parameter nuances and tells you what you can't find in the normal documentation. Another book I own, Professional Windows PowerShell comes far closer to being a reference, and is a better book for a general programmer.

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