Today, Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches is part of Manning’s Deal of the Day. This is the book for the absolute beginner and will teach you literally in a month of lunch breaks all you need to know to get started with PowerShell 3.0.
Not convinced? Take a moment to read the Amazon reviews. Even though you can probably get a good deal at Amazon, the Manning Deal of the Day is only good through their store. So visit the book’s page and use promo code dotd0404au when you check out to save 50%. By the way, this promo code also applies to Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches by Jason Helmick (http://www.manning.com/helmick/).
PowerShell related titles continue to rule the roost, at least for Manning. Based on recent sales PowerShell titles occupy 40% of the top 10 list! I’m hoping this trend will continue later this spring with publication of the PowerShell Deep Dives book which is currently available as part of Manning’s MEAP.
As of March 14th here’s how PowerShell is dominating book sales:
Of course this doesn’t happen without you so a very big and sincere thank you. And if you are one of those people who like signed books, I think I can safely speak for all of my co-authors, that we’re happy to sign any of our books should paths cross at a conference, training session or user group meeting. If you are lucky enough to be going to the PowerShell Summit, this may be the only time this year where Don, Richard and myself will be in the same place at the same time.
A question went out today about what authors of the forthcoming PowerShell Deep Dives book would be at the PowerShell Summit. We’re hoping to have the book out by then so you can get you hands on it. From what I can tell these authors will be at the summit:
And who knows? There might even be books for sale at the conference.
I am very happy to report that the new version of Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches is now available from Manning. This is the second edition of the popular book originally authored by PowerShell legend Don Jones. Don invited me to collaborate on the second edition which covers PowerShell v3 and I am very, very happy with the result. I hope you will be as well.
This is the book to get you jump started on using PowerShell right away as a management tool with easy to follow lessons and labs that you should be able to finish over a lunch break. When you are finished with this, the next step is Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches which should also be out very soon. If you’d like to learn more about this book, get a sample chapter, download source code or the lab answers, click here. We’d also like you to post a brief video clip of your unboxing telling the world why you bought the book and what you hope to learn from it.
Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm.
I’m very excited that the PowerShell books I’ve been working on this year will finally begin hitting the shelves, and hopefully your desk, over next month or two. If you’ve been locked in the datacenter and have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check them out on my Books page. If you’ve already purchased a copy via Manning’s MEAP program or perhaps through one of the author bundles, a deep and sincere thank you. Book sales are a big part of my “business” and your support means I can continue doing even more.
If any of these new books make their way to you, I would like to ask 2 things of you. First, books reviews on sites like Amazon are always appreciated so any honest and constructive feedback is appreciated. Second, I would love for you to take a moment and do an “unboxing” video clip. Capture the moment of revealing your new PowerShell purchase to the world. If you can, share why you bought the book and what you are hoping to learn from it. Then share your video clips with the community to help us spread the word. Thank you so very much in advance.
If you were at this year's TechEd event in New Orleans, I hoped you dropped by the SAPIEN Technologies booth and picked up your free Scripting Toolkit. What's that you say? Check it out on the SAPIEN blog and then download your free copy.
I just finished reading a terrific essay (or short book) on the nature of operating systems and how we interact with them. The book is In the Beginning…was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson. The book was written about 10 years ago so some of the material might seem a little dated. But for those of us in the industry at the time it makes for a warm reminiscence for the good ol’ days. And if this was before your time, I think it makes for a helpful history lesson which explains a lot about where we are today. For a Neal Stephenson work, this book is exceptionally brief, but well written (you were expecting otherwise?) with more than a few illuminating metaphors.