Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches

Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches

by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks
     
 

Summary

Packed with hands-on labs to reinforce what you're learning, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches is the best way to learn PowerShell scripting and toolmaking. Just set aside one hour a day—lunchtime would be perfect—for each self-contained lesson. You'll move quickly through core scripting concepts and start working on

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Summary

Packed with hands-on labs to reinforce what you're learning, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches is the best way to learn PowerShell scripting and toolmaking. Just set aside one hour a day—lunchtime would be perfect—for each self-contained lesson. You'll move quickly through core scripting concepts and start working on four real-world, practical tools. Each chapter adds more functionality, including custom formatting, error handling, parameterized input, input validation, help files and documentation, and more.

About this Book

You don't have to be a software developer to build PowerShell tools. With this book, a PowerShell user is a step away from becoming a proficient toolmaker.
Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches is the best way to learn PowerShell scripting and toolmaking in just one hour a day. It's packed with hands-on labs to reinforce what you're learning. It's an easy-to-follow guide that covers core scripting concepts using four practical examples. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you add custom formatting, error handling, input validation, help files, and more.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

What's Inside

  • Build your own administrative tools
  • Learn by doing with hands-on labs
  • Make scripts that feel like native PowerShell cmdlets

This book does not assume you are a programmer. Experience using PowerShell as a command-line interface is helpful but not required.

About the Authors

Don Jones is a PowerShell MVP, speaker, and trainer. Jeffery Hicks is a PowerShell MVP and an independent consultant, trainer, and author. Don and Jeff coauthored Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition (Manning 2012) and PowerShell in Depth (Manning 2013).

Table of Contents

PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO TOOLMAKING

  1. Before you begin
  2. PowerShell scripting overview
  3. PowerShell's scripting language
  4. Simple scripts and functions
  5. Scope

  6. PART 2 BUILDING AN INVENTORY TOOL
  7. Tool design guidelines
  8. Advanced functions, part 1
  9. Advanced functions, part 2
  10. Writing help
  11. Error handling
  12. Debugging techniques
  13. Creating custom format views
  14. Script and manifest modules
  15. Adding database access
  16. Interlude: creating a new tool 157

  17. PART 3 ADVANCED TOOLMAKING TECHNIQUES
  18. Making tools that make changes
  19. Creating a custom type extension
  20. Creating PowerShell workflows
  21. Troubleshooting pipeline input
  22. Using object hierarchies for complex output
  23. Globalizing a function
  24. Crossing the line: utilizing the .NET Framework

  25. PART 4 CREATING TOOLS FOR DELEGATED ADMINISTRATION
  26. Creating a GUI tool, part 1: the GUI
  27. Creating a GUI tool, part 2: the code
  28. Creating a GUI tool, part 3: the output
  29. Creating proxy functions
  30. Setting up constrained removing endpoints
  31. Never the end

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617291166
Publisher:
Manning Publications Company
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
289,829
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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