- Series: Pro
- Paperback: 493 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (February 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590599403
- ISBN-13: 978-1590599402
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Hristo Deshev is a group product manager for Telerik, a leading vendor of ASP.NET controls (Telerik.com). He has been working on component development for the past several years, focusing on creating rich, highly interactive Ajax solutions. A major goal of his and his team is "taming web development" applying agile software engineering practices to create robust solutions targeting all modern web browsers and supporting multiple ASP.NET and Visual Studio .NET versions. You can reach Hristo via e-mail at email@example.com and on his blog at http://blogs.telerik.com/blogs/twisted_asp_net.
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I tend to think that one cannot get by with a single book, and recommend the Payette-Holmes combination (complemented by Richard Siddaway's books) to administrators, and the Deshev-Holmes duo to aspiring power users. With this approach, the book's 2008 timestamp, not a big problem to begin with, becomes a non-issue.
Windows Powershell is essentially object-oriented programming mashing up with the command line, with some extras thrown in. In this book the author shows you all the new tricks of the trade and will have you looking at ways to automate your Windows tasks in ways you never thought possible.
There are many things that we want to do on our Windows servers or XP/Vista boxes that you have to "hack" or find a third-party utility to do. With Windows Powershell a lot of those tasks can now be brought back "in house" without the need for hacks and kludges.
The nice thing about this book is that it not only talks about Powershell, it also walks you through real-life examples. It's written in many ways like an introductory programming language book would be -- but at the same time the author remembers that most readers will be IT System Admins and not programmers, so he doesn't bury the reader in programming talk to the point they are lost.
If you work in IT and deal with Windows servers you owe it to yourself to check out Windows Powershell and this book. You will find that under the hood of that Windows box is a supercharged '78 Trans-Am just waiting for you to put the pedal to the metal and experience the power!
This book was my introduction to Powershell. Having heard from other software developers about its usefulness I was disappointed, not in Mr. Deshev's work, but in the tool. Powershell fails to automate the most significant parts of the Windows environment for a scripting language, the configuration tools of Control Panel. The functions of some of those tools can be accessed by knowledge of their configuration files, such as the IIS XML metabase, but knowledge about particulars must be developed piecemeal, and most of the tools lack such a configuration file. Perhaps Powershell is a work in progress, but far more progress along those lines will be needed before it becomes an especially useful product.