He begins at the beginning, explaining what scripting is and how command lines come to exist under Windows NT. The reader gets full information on virtual DOS machines and how programs started by scripts are instantiated. There's also some useful information on redirecting script output--handy when using batch files to create HTML documents, for example.
If you think the way batch files handle subroutines, variables, and pretty much everything else involves some weird syntax, you're right. Hill decrypts it all, explaining the mechanics of the Windows NT batch-scripting language very clearly. After he explains how to script academically, he provides some examples. There's a script that automates the creation of user accounts, another script that monitors print activity, another that keeps an eye on disk usage, and one that does backups. A few more scripts round out the selection. Many of the scripts refer to a library of functions that's also listed and explained. Unfortunately, there's no companion disk, so readers have to get the samples from the Macmillan Web site.
If you have a few months of cmd scripting experience, you should know more than 90% of the techniques. I personally think the book is more suitable for beginners.Published 5 months ago by Barry
This is a great book. Well written, thoughtfully organized and full of real world practical examples. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CW. Scogin
I have been using this book for many years at work where I have to write and maintain .bat scripts. The author gives excellent explanations of DOS commands and techniques. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AndroidChick
The reader must keep in mind that the book is written with shell scripting in mind. Not all the commands are listed here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Erol Esen
This book was written back in 1998 and its still a great book for shell scripts.
On page 3, in the introduction, they mention that scripts in the book are on a website and... Read more
An awesome book. If you want to write shell scripts, this is the book you should have. Provides a thorough explanation of how to code in this archaic environment.Published on February 18, 2009 by W. J. Williams
I have a friend that recommended me this book and I have to agree with him that this was a very well written book. Read morePublished on May 26, 2007 by Chris Arceneaux
Great book on NT shell commands that Microsoft doesn't even document. Not even "command /?" gives you any help.
Great for reference and to learn.
Tim Hill definately rules. His explanation and examples of "for" have saved me hours of boredom.Published on December 8, 2001 by Kim Rickwood