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Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches 1st Edition
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About the Author
Don Jones is a Microsoft MVP, speaker, and trainer. He developed the Microsoft PowerShell courseware and has taught SQL Server, PowerShell, and other practical technologies to more than 20,000 IT pros. Don writes for TechNet Magazine and blogs for WindowsITPro.com. He is the creator of the Month of Lunches series that covers PowerShell, IIS, Active Directory, SCCM, SQL Server, and more.
Jeffery Hicks is a PowerShell MVP with 20 years of IT experience. Jeff works as an independent consultant, trainer, and author and he has taught PowerShell to IT Professionals all over the world. He writes the popular Prof.PowerShell column for MCPMag.com and is a weekly contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase. Jeff blogs frequently on PowerShell related topics at http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog.
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A perfect example is AutoLab. I had NO idea about this. It's something that you can't really be randomly Googling stuff and see it pop up. That's why I love these books. Thank you Don and Jeffrey for this series of amazing content.
Before ordering this book through Amazon Vine, I thought that this book was intended to be for beginners but after getting and reading a few chapters from this book, I can see that the target reader level is definitely not the beginner; the book is targetted for Intermediate-Advanced users of PowerShell.
This is a great book for reference too. I used it to quickly brush up my knowledge of 'param' options within functions (Chapter 11). If you are one who learns by seeing code examples and some explanations along with it, this book is for you.
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Whenever I buy books, one of the things I look for is whether or not the physical book comes with full access to eBooks in different formats (Kindle, PDF, etc.). This is very important for me because sometimes I do like to have a physical book in my hand to quickly skim through and discover different sections. I ultimately prefer the eBook version over physical books and it's good to know that if you purchase the physical book, Manning Publications offers DRM-free version of PDF, Kindle and ePub version of the book. This allows me to read the book on my Kindle or iPad/Android table.
Overall, I really like this book. It delivers what it promises. This is a no-nonsense book if you are serious about learning some of the intermediate to advanced concepts in PowerShell.
Don Jones is the Windows scripting guru. He has written and presented extensively. Co-author Jeffery Hicks isn’t as well known, but he has the credentials as an authority on PowerShell and much more.
Together, they have put together an eminently readable book on deploying PowerShell as a “toolmaking” platform. The concept of “toolmaking” is unique to the authors with regard to PowerShell and at its simplest simply means using PowerShell to create “Single-Task-Tools”. It is a throwback in many ways to an earlier time when the limitations of programming languages literally force you to program in that way.
The authors warn that this Is not a book for rank PowerShell beginners. In fact, if you don’t know at least the basics of scripting, you’ll quickly see that you have gone where you’re not ready to go.
In 27 well-written and well-illustrated chapters, the authors take you through the capabilities of PowerShell, including using it with Microsoft’s .NET framework and (a surprise to me) with SQL Server.
Despite the promise of the title, working your way through everything will definitely take more than “a month of lunches”, but it will be time well spent.