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Windows PowerShell for Developers Paperback – July 19, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1449322700 ISBN-10: 1449322700 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449322700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449322700
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Enhance your productivity and enable rapid application development

About the Author

Doug Finke, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for PowerShell, is a software developer at Lab49, a company that builds advanced applications for the financial service industry. For the last 20 years, Doug has been a developer and author working with numerous technologies. You can catch up with Doug at his blog Development in a Blink at http://dougfinke.com/blog/.


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Doug Finke, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for PowerShell, is a software developer at Lab49, a company that builds advanced applications for the financial service industry. For the last 20 years, Doug has been a developer and author working with numerous technologies. You can catch up with Doug at his blog Development in a Blink at http://dougfinke.com/blog/.

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I am not a developer but I found the book well written and easy to follow.
Billy Westbury
PowerShell is a great tool for IT Pro's but has been shrouded from developers.
Jason C. Helmick
This book is definitely a must if you want to learn more about PowerShell.
Michael Kim

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri Shvorob on December 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wishing to learn PowerShell, I got myself

"Windows PowerShell for Developers" by Finke, 2012, $19
"Windows PowerShell in Action" by Payette, 2011, $31
"Windows PowerShell Cookbook" by Holmes, 2010, $25
"Pro Windows PowerShell" by Deshev, 2008, $12
"Essential PowerShell" by Schwichtenberg, 2008, $20

(I skipped the books authored or co-authored by Richard Siddaway due to their administrator orientation. This said, "PowerShell in Practice" has a chapter on working with SQL Server - nice).

After reviewing these, my impression is that

1. None of the books is "sufficient".
2. Only Payette's and, for intermediate users, Deshev's, qualify as "PowerShell textbooks".
3. Such "textbooks" do not give enough examples, making Holmes's tome a must-have. (And that isn't great: many of Holmes's recipes are for administrators, so are dead weight for non-administrators; on the other hand, for administrators, Siddaway's books are a must-have, but those may not cover everything).

Evaluating the book's incremental value over a Deshev/Payette-and-Holmes combination, I highlight its two chapters on Microsoft Roslyn technologies and "little languages", but consider it optional for the mainstream reader. (Nice bits that I picked up in the book include links to third-party PowerShell IDEs and PowerShell community resources, and ability to run PowerShell commands from C# via System.Management.Automation.PowerShell). The book is a little expensive for its page count, and I suspect that this is a "version 3 premium" - note, however, that a new edition of Holmes's book, updated for PowerShell v. 3, is coming out in January.

PS. I can't help noticing that the last two paragraphs on page 114 repeat text found on MSDN pages - is this alright?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Huffman on September 19, 2012
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Good little book on PowerShell, but it has no index. I consider this a fatal flaw for a reference book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Stranger on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the next book you should read after reading the Windows PowerShell in Action book from Bruce Payette. Even me, being more a IT professional than a Developer, learned many new things about how to use PowerShell more effectively.
I will definitely use things I learned reading this book during the PowerShell classes I teach. Now I can finally address all the questions developers have when attending my PowerShell classes.
One of the most interesting Chapters of the PowerShell for Developers book was about writing little languages in PowerShell. Doug does an excellent way, explaining how we can use PowerShell to write our own domain-specific languages. And if you are a "hard-core" developer Doug shows many great examples to speed up your development time and save money. Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.

Stefan Stranger
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kim on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is meant for anyone who wants to know more about PowerShell, however this book is not a beginner's guide. It is recommended that the target audience for this book to be experienced developers or IT professionals.

The first chapter of the book gives a brief introduction to PowerShell and gives you an overview of what PowerShell is and why we would use it. From that point on, the chapters cover a variety of different subjects such as imbedding PowerShell into C# apps, building GUIs, writing little languages in PowerShell, and many more. The first two chapters of the book are an introduction and then from chapter three and beyond you jump right into the fun.

The author's writing style is clear, informative, and mature. I was able to navigate through the book from start to finish with ease. The sample codes are easy to read and identify. The book gives you a link to their website to give you the option to download all the sample codes in the book. In my opinion, typing the sample code as you go along with the book is the best way to learn.

The only issue I had with the book was that it did not include an index. Not having an index makes it hard to use the book as a reference book. This book is definitely a must if you want to learn more about PowerShell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Bosley on November 30, 2012
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I am an experienced .Net developer and have used PowerShell a fair amount. Although Bruce Payette's book is good--well actually-it is very good, it also very long. Like many other PowerShell books it tries (and succeeds) to be accessible to the non-programmer at the cost of brevity.

The book has the wisdom of a "best practices" viewpoint combined with worked non-trivial examples.

* I had heard about Microsoft project Roslyn and I thought "Cool, but I don't think I would use it." Now, I think I might.

* I have always been interested in DSL's, though I doubted if I would work on one, now I think I very well might.

* Microsoft Extensibility Framework? Ditto.

One problem for .Net developers who are trying to wrap their head around PowerShell is that the syntax sometimes seems just too easy. Look at pages 23 to 26 on arrays and hash tables. The syntax is so simple, it is hard to remember!

Chapter 2 - The Dime Tour might be enough for a developer to jump into PowerShell. It is still useful for me, since I can go a month or two without coding in PowerShell and then have to jump back into it. Recently, I needed to do some stuff with hash tables. I couldn't find what I needed to in Payette's book. But I found what I needed right there in "The Dime Tour" chapter.

In summary:
It is hard to imagine the job prospects of any developer not being helped by Powershell.

It is hard to imagine a developer's skill in Powershell not profiting from this book.
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