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The Best Book on the Market for Anyone who wants to learn PowerShell
on December 27, 2012
This book contains 28 chapters and is designed to be read one chapter a day. One hour is enough time to read a single chapter and work through the re-enforcing lab exercises at the end of that chapter. This method of learning is extremely effective, especially for a beginner, which gives them consumable amounts of knowledge without overwhelming them.
In my opinion, this book is the best book on the market for someone who has no prior experience with PowerShell and wants to learn the best practices from day one, although prior experience working with at least the graphical user interface (GUI) on Microsoft Windows based workstations and servers would be helpful. This book is also beneficial for anyone already using PowerShell who wants to learn the best practices from two of the top PowerShell experts in the industry.
By the time you finish this book, you'll have a good understanding of the PowerShell help system, cmdlets, providers, objects, the pipeline, formatting, comparison operators, filtering, remoting, using PowerShell to access WMI, the new CIM cmdlets, background jobs, variables, and much more. My personal favorite chapter in this book is the one on regular expressions (chapter 24) which is a brand new chapter on a subject that wasn't included in the first edition of this book.
If I could only have one PowerShell book, "Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition" would be it, especially if I were a beginner. I've written a more comprehensive review of this book on my blog site at: [...]