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Windows PowerShell 2. 0 Best Practices based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I bought this book thinking to learn a new programming language but was surprised to learn that this book is the second in a series. That fact was not clear on the description on the back cover. But, I bought the first book and read both of them straight thru. A great read! Easy to follow and understand. The author is very adept at making the language easy to understand which is not always the case. I would recommend this book, and the first, to anyone wishing to learn another programming language.
I am a Network / Systems Engineer with advanced VBScript skills that I used at my previous job almost daily. I recently started at a new company and decided it was time to make the switch from VBScript to Powershell 2.0. For additional motivation, I made the decision not to write any scripts in VBscript, until I was as comfortable using Powershell as I had been with VBScript. When I first learned VBScript, I picked up a book authored by Ed Wilson, and felt it was very poor. Ultimately, I put it back on my bookshelf and taught myself VBScript from web resources. As a result, it took me a couple of months to develop solid scripting skills. I then picked up a book from Don Jones to use as a reference on a couple of topics, and ended up reading it cover to cover. After I was finished, I couldn't help but think that it would have been so much faster and easier to have just picked up this book in the first place. Upon deciding to make the switch to Powershell 2.0, I found that Don Jones' book was not out yet, and as a result I decided to give Ed Wilson a second chance. Ed Wilson's Powershell 2.0 best practices book was a far cry from the quality of the Don Jones VBScript book I had on my shelf. I ended up purchasing Don Jones' Powershell 2.0: TFM when it came out, and in my opinion it is a significantly better book, with tons of content, presented in a concise, well-organized and accessible writing style. However, I did prefer Ed Wilson's book in a couple of small areas: Ed Wilson's explanation of using Functions with a defined Process block vs. Filters provided a performance comparison that I felt better illustrated the topic, and I believe Ed Wilson's book better addressed using static methods and properties of .NET classes within Powershell. Overall though, I regretted purchasing Ed Wilson's Powershell 2.0 Best Practices book, as I did not feel it was even remotely worth the price I paid for it. It is the second scripting book authored by Ed Wilson I have purchased, and it will be the last. I highly recommend that you buy the Powershell 2.0 TFM series authored by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks instead of this book.