Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches: Covers Windows, Linux, and macOS, Fourth Edition

  • 5h 46m
  • Don Jones, James Petty, Jeffery Hicks, Travis Plunk, Tyler Leonhardt
  • Manning Publications
  • 2022

Designed for busy IT professionals, this innovative guide will take you from the basics to PowerShell proficiency through 25 tutorials you can do in your lunch break.

In Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Fourth Edition you will learn:

  • Discoverability with the Help system
  • Background jobs and automation techniques
  • Simple scripting to automate repetitive tasks
  • Managing cloud services from major cloud providers
  • Extending PowerShell with commands
  • Common syntax and commands cheat sheet

Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Fourth Edition is a task-focused guide for administering your systems using PowerShell. It covers core language features and admin tasks, with each chapter a mini-tutorial you can easily complete in under an hour. Discover how PowerShell works on different operating systems, and start automating tasks so they take just a few seconds to complete. No previous scripting experience required.

The book is based on the bestselling Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by community legends Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks. PowerShell team members Travis Plunk and Tyler Leonhardt and Microsoft MVP James Petty have updated this edition to the latest version of PowerShell, including its multi-platform expansion into Linux and macOS.

About the technology

PowerShell gives you complete command line control over admin tasks like adding users, exporting data, and file management. Whether you’re writing one-liners or building complex scripts to manage cloud resources and CI/CD pipelines, PowerShell can handle the task. And now that PowerShell is truly cross-platform, you don’t have to switch scripting languages when you move between Windows, Linux, and macOS.

About the book

Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Fourth Edition is a new edition of the bestseller that introduced PowerShell to over 100,000 readers. With bite-sized lessons and hands-on exercises, this amazing book guides you from your first command to writing and debugging reusable scripts for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Set aside just an hour a day and you’ll soon be tackling increasingly complex automation tasks with PowerShell.

About the Author

James Petty is CEO of PowerShell.org and The DevOps Collective, and a Microsoft MVP. Travis Plunk is an engineer on the PowerShell team. Tyler Leonhardt is an engineer on Visual Studio Code. Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks are the original authors of Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches.

In this Book

  • About This Book
  • Foreword
  • Before You Begin
  • Meet PowerShell
  • Using the Help System
  • Running Commands
  • Working with Providers
  • The Pipeline—Connecting Commands
  • Adding Commands
  • Objects—Data by Another Name
  • A Practical Interlude
  • The Pipeline, Deeper
  • Formatting—And Why it’s Done on the Right
  • Filtering and Comparisons
  • Remote Control—One-to-One and One-to-Many
  • Multitasking with Background Jobs
  • Working with Many Objects, One at a Time
  • Variables—A Place to Store Your Stuff
  • Input and Output
  • Sessions—Remote Control with Less Work
  • You Call This Scripting?
  • Improving Your Parameterized Script
  • Using Regular Expressions to Parse Text Files
  • Using Someone Else’s Script
  • Adding Logic and Loops
  • Handling Errors
  • Debugging Techniques
  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
  • Never the End


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