Windows Powershell in Action

Windows Powershell in Action

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by Bruce G. Payette
     
 

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This volume shows how to build scripts and utilities to automate system tasks or create powerful system management tools to handle the day-to-day tasks that drive a Windows administrator's life.

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This volume shows how to build scripts and utilities to automate system tasks or create powerful system management tools to handle the day-to-day tasks that drive a Windows administrator's life.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
1+1=2. The Earth is round. The Windows command line stinks. It's time to revisit one of your deepest assumptions about life. If you have the courage, read Windows PowerShell In Action.

Author Bruce Payette co-architected the PowerShell language and developed its core implementation, so you won't find a more knowledgeable author. Payette starts by outlining Microsoft's goals for PowerShell, explaining the approach it chose (and why it avoided other alternatives) and previewing some of PowerShell's major advantages (such as its support for the .NET object model).

Next, you'll walk through installing PowerShell (it doesn't ship with Vista, XP, or Server 2003 yet, but it'll run with all of them). You'll get comfortable with PowerShell's basic techniques and shortcuts and review some short scripts -- for evaluating basic expressions, processing data, and so forth. Payette illuminates important concepts such as "elastic syntax," pipelines, and "cmdlets" and explains PowerShell's complex parsing rules. Then, step by step, he covers virtually the entire language: types and their advantages; operators and variables, ScriptBlocks, errors, exceptions, debugging, and more.

In the final four chapters, you'll put PowerShell to work and gain a deeper understanding of its power. You'll walk through several processing examples utilizing text, files, and XML; learn how to create a WinForms application with PowerShell (and why you might want to); and use PowerShell to control existing COM and WMI objects.

Last but not least, it's been said that "you can't throw a dead cat without hitting a security feature" in PowerShell. In "lucky" Chapter 13, Payette introduces those security features and shows exactly how to take advantage of them. Bill Camarda, from the February 2007 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932394900
Publisher:
Manning Publications Company
Publication date:
02/24/2007
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Payette is a founding member of the PowerShell team at Microsoft. He is codesigner and principal author of the PowerShell language.

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Windows Powershell in Action 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
blahcubed More than 1 year ago
The page numbers in the index do not in anyway correlate with the page numbers that the content is actually found on. Which makes using this book as a reference next to useless. The real shame is the content of the book is top notch giving true insight not only into the syntax of the language but also into what went into the formation of the PowerShell language. Fingers crossed that the second edition fixes this major flaw.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago