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February 14, 2007

Bruce Payette's PowerShell Book Now Available

Bruce Payette's book Windows Powershell in Action is now available from Amazon (and soon from a bookstore near you, presumably). There is also a book page at Manning's site. The bio for Bruce says "Bruce Payette is a founding member of the PowerShell team at Microsoft. He is a co-designer of the PowerShell language and the principal author of the language implementation." Normally you would expect such a description to be laden with hype, but Bruce really is all those things. He is also a walking encyclopedia of language design, who can confidently toss off sentences like "The POSIX shell is based on a subset of the Unix Korn shell, which is itself a superset of the original Bourne shell."

I've looked through a PDF of the book, and it's also been discussed and highly recommended on our internal alias. It has a bit too much dorkspeak for my tastes. But the arrangement of the material seems good, the comparison to other languages are very interesting, the insights on language design are priceless, and overall it looks like THE book to choose from the (surprisingly rapidly) burgeoning bookshelf on the topic.

Posted by AdamBa at February 14, 2007 09:05 PM

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