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Microsoft® Windows PowerShell 2.0 Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Microsoft® Windows PowerShell 2.0 Programming for the Absolute Beginner

ISBN 13: 9781598638998

ISBN 10: 1598638998

Author: Jerry Lee Ford, Jr.

Pages: 448

Published: 12/18/2008

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Microsoft® Windows™ PowerShell is a helpful scripting technology that enables the automation of system management tasks and the creation of system management tools. PowerShell runs on Windows XP, 2003, 2008, and Vista. Unlike traditional Windows shell scripting, PowerShell scripting is object-based and is designed to work with the .NET Framework. This completely updated edition of Microsoft Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner teaches aspiring programmers Windows PowerShell scripting whether they're using Windows PowerShell 1.0 or 2.0. To help make learning fun and interesting, you will learn how to program through the development of computer games, and you will develop a new game that reinforces a newly learned concept in each chapter. It's the easiest way to learn! By the time you have finished the book, not only will you have access to a collection of working sample scripts, you also will have laid a foundation upon which you can begin to tackle real-world challenges and new languages.
Note*: If you are buying the e-book version of this product, any CD/DVD supplement files referenced throughout the book can be accessed for free at our Companion Downloads page.
  • By mastering PowerShell, readers will add a highly marketable skill to their resumes and make themselves more valuable to current and future employers.
  • Reader will learn how to create PowerShell scripts in order to create powerful tools and automate system management tasks.
  • No prior programming experience is required or assumed. However, basic computer skills, including familiarity with Windows operating system, are expected.
  • Learning to program using Microsoft's new Windows PowerShell scripting language is made fun through the use of computer games.
Author Bio
Jerry Lee Ford, Jr.
Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 21 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 36 books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include Ajax Programming for the Absolute Beginner ; HTML, XHTML, and CSS for the Absolute Beginner ; XNA 3.1 Game Development for Teens ; Scratch Programming for Teens ; and Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Windows PowerShell Basics;
Chapter 1: Introducing Windows PowerShell;
Chapter 2: Interacting with the Windows PowerShell Command Line and Graphical Environment;
Chapter 3: Object Based Scripting with .NET;

Part II: Learning How to Write PowerShell Scripts;
Chapter 4: Working with Variables, Arrays and Hashes;
Chapter 5: Implementing Conditional Logic;
Chapter 6: Using Loops to Process Data;
Chapter 7: Organizing Scripts Using Functions;

Part III: Advanced Topics;
Chapter 8: Working with Files and Folders;
Chapter 9: Basic System Administration;
Chapter 10: Debugging PowerShell Scripts;

Part IV: Appendices;
Appendix A: What's on the Companion Web Site?
Appendix B: What Next?