Don Jones' PowerShell 4N00bs
Don Jones' PowerShell 4N00bs
About the Book
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What the heck is PowerShell, and why should you care? Is "PowerShell Core" different from "Windows PowerShell?" What is a CLI, anyway, and why is clicking icons so bad?
Designed for the absolute newcomer, Don Jones' PowerShell 4N00bs is the friendly, concise, easy-to-follow book that gets you on the right track with PowerShell from the word "go." Designed around PowerShell Core, Microsoft's open-source and cross-platform edition of PowerShell, this book makes it easy to follow along on Windows, Mac, or Linux. You'll learn why PowerShell exists, and Don will carefully point out the 6 main speed bumps that most newcomers trip over - and keep YOU from tripping over them! You'll start your PowerShell experience off the right way, instead of the confused way, and you'll gain the confidence to begin participating in the many helpful PowerShell communities, like PowerShell.org.
Don's honest and no-nonsense approach points out the areas where PowerShell "lies," keeping you from being swept up in confusion. Plentiful analogies and stories make PowerShell's more obscure concepts absolutely clear, and abundant examples explain exactly what PowerShell is doing, and why you should care.
If you start your PowerShell career off with only one book, this is the one you'll want it to be!
- 1 About this Series
- 2 A Note on Code
3 What is PowerShell?
- What Came Before
- Introducing PowerShell
- OK - Why Should I Care?
4 Installing PowerShell
- Windows PowerShell
- PowerShell Core
- VS Code
5 Your First Console Experience
- Launch PowerShell
- Check Your Version
- Run a Command
- Files and Folders
- A Good First Step
6 Where Do Commands Come From?
- Built-In Commands
- Comes with Software
- The Internet
- PowerShell Gallery
- Your Own Gallery
- Seeing What Modules and Commands You Have
- What’s in a Module?
- Explore What’s Out There
7 How Do I Use This Thing?
- Windows Only: ExecutionPolicy
- It’s Okay to Ask for Help
- Reading the Help Files
8 Objects and the Magic of Formatting
- Formatting Rules
- Messing with Objects
- PowerShell Plays Along
- Objects: the Important Bits
9 Enter the Pipeline
- Six Pipelines
- Simple Pipeline Examples
- Pipeline Input: Plan A
- Pipeline Input: Plan B
- Wrapping Up
10 Filtering and Selecting
- Being Efficient with Filtering
- Selecting Properties
- Advanced Selecting
- Wrapping Up
11 The Very Basics of Scripting
- Wrapping Up
12 Going Remote
- Enabling Remoting
- Sending Remote Commands
- Remote Jobs
- Wrapping Up
- 13 Understanding Your OS
14 The Chapter of Gotchas
- Format to the Right
- ForEach vs. ForEach vs. ForEach
- Collections vs. Objects
- 15 Where to Next?
- 16 Welcome to the Community!
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