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“There's no better way to learn PowerShell than from someone on the core PowerShell team - and that's exactly what you get with this book.”
—Joe Topjian, adminspotting.net

Windows PowerShell (code named Monad) is here! Microsoft's next generation command line scripting solution combines the interactivity of KSH or BASH, the programmability of Perl or Ruby, and the production-orientation of AS400 CL or VMS DCL. Because it's based on .NET, you can do things in a shell environment that previously you could only ...

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Overview

“There's no better way to learn PowerShell than from someone on the core PowerShell team - and that's exactly what you get with this book.”
—Joe Topjian, adminspotting.net

Windows PowerShell (code named Monad) is here! Microsoft's next generation command line scripting solution combines the interactivity of KSH or BASH, the programmability of Perl or Ruby, and the production-orientation of AS400 CL or VMS DCL. Because it's based on .NET, you can do things in a shell environment that previously you could only do in VB, C#, or VBScript. Author Bruce Payette is one of the Windows PowerShell language architects and developed the core language implementation. In Windows PowerShell in Action, he covers basic batch style scripting and string processing through COM, WMI and finally .NET and WinForms programming. Because Windows PowerShell is also the foundation for Microsoft's next generation of Admin GUIs, you can do everything from the GUI that you can do from the command line. You'll never view command line scripting the same way again.

About the Author
Bruce Payette is a founding member of the Windows PowerShell team, the author of the Windows PowerShell language interpreter, and a key designer of the Windows PowerShell language. Bruce has been working on UNIX shell and utility tools for Windows for the past 15 years at companies like MKS and Softway, now part of Microsoft Services for Unix. Bruce holds a BASc from the University of Waterloo.

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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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932394900
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 2/24/2007
  • 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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Table of Contents

PART I ­ MEETING POWERSHELL
1 - Welcome to PowerShell
2 - The Basics
3 - Types
4 - Operators and Expressions
5 - Advanced Operators and Variables
6 - Language Constructs
7 - Functions and Script
8 - ScriptBlocks and Objects
9 - Errors, Exceptions and Script Debugging
PART II - APPLYING POWERSHELL
10 - Processing Text, Files and XML
11 - Getting Fancy - .NET and WinForms
12 - Windows Objects: COM and WMI
13 - Security, Security, Security
Appendix A - Comparing PowerShell to Other Languages
Appendix B - Admin Examples
Appendix C - The PowerShell Grammar
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    5 star content - 1 star index

    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.

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