PowerShell Guide to Python
PowerShell Guide to Python
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PowerShell Guide to Python

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Completed on 2019-07-31

About the Book

This PowerShell Scripting guide to Python is designed to make readers familiar with syntax, semantics and core concepts of Python language, in an approach that readers can totally relate with the concepts of PowerShell already in their arsenal, to learn Python fast and effectively, such that it sticks with readers for longer time.

"Use what you know to learn what you don't. " also known as Associative learning.

Book follows a comparative method to jump start readers journey in Python, but who is the target audience? and who should read this book -

  • Any System Administrator who want to step into Development or Programming roles, and even if you don't want to be a developer, knowledge of another scripting language will make your skill set more robust.
  • Python Developers who want to learn PowerShell scripting and understand its ease of user and importance to manage any platform.
  • This book works both ways: As a reader you can use the book to learn Python if you know PowerShell, or learn PowerShell if you know Python. PowerShell and Python code samples and screenshots next to each other makes it very easy for readers to relate the common concepts and practices and learn the scripting language in no time.

Python is one of the top programming languages and in fast changing IT scenarios to DevOps and Cloud to the future - Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning Python is a must know.

But this PowerShell Scripting guide to Python would be very helpful for you if you already have some knowledge of PowerShell

NOTE! This is a Leanpub "Agile-published" book. That means the book is currently unfinished and in-progress. As I continue to complete the chapters, we will re-publish the book with the new and updated content. Readers will receive an email once a new version is published!

While the book is in progress, please review it and send any feedback or error corrections at prateek@ridicurious.com and you can also tweet me your queries here . Thank you.

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About the Author

Prateek Singh
Prateek Singh

Prateek Singh is an Infrastructure Developer, an avid PowerShell blogger, and a community contributor. In 2017 and 2018, FeedSpot and SQLHack recognized his blog RidiCurious.com as among the “Top 50 PowerShell blogs in the world.” Find his open-sourced at GitHub, and reach out to him on Twitter at @singhprateik.

Prateek has written more than 250 articles on his blog and several other websites such as 4SysOps.com, IPSwitch.com, and TechTarget.com and also runs a YouTube channel. He is a published author of 2 Books and contributing author of 1 Book and currently writing the 4th one, following is the complete list:

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Reader Testimonials

Clisson Florian
Clisson Florian

Good approach to grow-up your knowledge in Python very quickly

Learning Python becomes simple with this book when you come from the PowerShell world. Prateek has really done an awesome work of consolidating into one book what will take you several months to acquire this knowledge by yourself. What I like in this book is this approach to learn a new language from a language you know well. A really a good way to grow-up your knowledge in Python very quickly without too many difficulties.

Miroslav Vasilev
Miroslav Vasilev

Made for SysAmins who want to learn Python

As a regular SysAdmin with some basic PowerShell knowledge who want's to switch to DevOps, this book is building on whatever I already know to help me learn Python.

Manoj Sahoo
Manoj Sahoo

PowerShell as a segue to Python

As a programmer, I wanted to learn python, but since I am already working on Powershell. So this book was suggested to me which can help me learning python through Powershell. I started reading the book and from the 1st day itself, I found it so interesting, short crisp and simple way to learn something new. I must say this book not only helps in learning python but also pushed me to learn more things in PowerShell as well. Great book, recommended!

Durgesh Patel
Durgesh Patel

Learn 2 scripting languages at 2X speed

As an Infrastructure developer, you need multiple skills and this one is definitely helpful. Must read this book to upgrade your skills at 2x. Dear Prateek, Keep updating and upgrading us!

Akshi Srivastava
Akshi Srivastava

Amazing book!

Thanks a lot for writing this amazing book that explains the concepts of two popular scripting language. Before reading this book, I was not sure to learn Python but now, not only I am aware of Python programming, also this book helped me to strengthen my basic concepts of PowerShell. If you know a bit about PowerShell and want to learn Python also then this is the right fit for you.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 About the Book
    • 2.1 Why did I write this book
    • 2.2 Who is the Target Audience
    • 2.3 Prerequisites
    • 2.4 Feedback
  • 3 The Basics
    • 3.1 Version
    • 3.2 Case Sensitivity
    • 3.3 Indentation
    • 3.4 Comments
    • 3.5 Variables
  • 4 Console Input/Output
    • 4.1 Printing to Console
    • 4.2 Reading from Console
    • 4.3 Reading from Console Securely
  • 5 Creating your First Script
    • 5.1 Saving Commands as a Script File
    • 5.2 Running the Script File
  • 6 Passing Command-Line Arguments
    • 6.1 ‘sys.argv’ in Python
    • 6.2 ‘$args’ Automatic Variable in PowerShell
    • 6.3 ‘Params()’ in PowerShell
    • 6.4 ‘argparse’ Module in Python
    • 6.5 Parameter Help
  • 7 Object Introspection
    • 7.1 Class, Object, Property, and Method
    • 7.2 ‘Get-Member’ cmdlet in PowerShell
    • 7.3 ‘type()’ Method in Python
    • 7.4 ‘dir()’ Method in Python
    • 7.5 ‘inspect’ Module in Python
  • 8 The Help System
    • 8.1 Get-Help cmdlet in PowerShell
    • 8.2 ‘help()’ Method in Python
    • 8.3 Understanding How a Module Works
  • 9 Modules
    • 9.1 Modular Programming
    • 9.2 Importing Modules
    • 9.3 Installing Modules
    • 9.4 Creating Modules
  • 10 Data Types
    • 10.1 Common Data types
    • 10.2 Checking the Data Type
    • 10.3 Data type casting
  • 11 String Manipulations and Formatting
    • 11.1 Common String Operations
    • 11.2 String Formatting
    • 11.3 Substring or String Slicing
    • 11.4 Testing String Membership
    • 11.5 Built-in methods
  • 12 Date and Time
    • 12.1 Get Date and Time
    • 12.2 Convert String to datetime object
    • 12.3 DateTime formatting
    • 12.4 Time Span or Time Delta
  • 13 File Handling
    • 13.1 Reading from a File
    • 13.2 File Modes
    • 13.3 Create and write to a text File
    • 13.4 Appending data to the File
  • 14 Arrays, List, ArrayList and Tuples
    • 14.1 Arrays
    • 14.2 ArrayList (.Net)
    • 14.3 Lists
    • 14.4 Common PowerShell Array and Python Lists Operations
    • 14.5 Tuples
    • 14.6 Sets
  • 15 Dictionary and Hashtable
    • 15.1 Hash Table
    • 15.2 Dictionary
  • 16 Conditional Statements
    • 16.1 If Statement
    • 16.2 Else Statement
    • 16.3 The elif and ifelse statement
    • 16.4 Nested Conditional Statements
  • 17 Loops
    • 17.1 For Loop
    • 17.2 ForEach and ForeEach-Object
    • 17.3 While Loop
    • 17.4 Loop Control Statements
    • 17.5 Nested Loops
  • 18 Functions
    • 18.1 Types of Functions
    • 18.2 Creating a Function
    • 18.3 Calling a Function
    • 18.4 Functions vs Methods
    • 18.5 Parameters and Arguments
    • 18.6 Mandatory and Default parameters
    • 18.7 The Anonymous Functions
  • 19 Handling XML and JSON Data
    • 19.1 Difference between JSON and XML
    • 19.2 Reading XML from a file
    • 19.3 Accessing XML as Objects
    • 19.4 Accessing XML with XPath
    • 19.5 Using XML for Object Serialization
    • 19.6 Parsing JSON
    • 19.7 JSON Serialization and De-Serialization
  • 20 Reading and Writing CSV Files
    • 20.1 What is CSV
    • 20.2 Reading CSV File
    • 20.3 Writing CSV File
  • 21 Error Handling
    • 21.1 Types of Errors
    • 21.2 Raising an Exception or Throwing an error
    • 21.3 Handling Exceptions using Try..catch..finally
  • 22 Built-In Functions
    • 22.1 Basic Mathematical Operations
    • 22.2 Selection and Arrangement
    • 22.3 Union and Intersection
    • 22.4 Dynamic Execution of Code

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