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While this book was designed to be used by Windows System Administrators, any developer who has ever needed to write a batch (.bat) file will welcome with open arms the flexibility and power provided by Windows PowerShell. This book is up to date covering all the way through PowerShell version 5. There are 24 chapters that cover a wide array of topics. In addition, any developer who has worked with the .NET framework will enjoy PowerShell, which is a command-line interface built on the .NET Framework. Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours Publisher: Sams Publishing; Paperback: 528 pages Edition: 1st (May 12, 2015) ISBN-10: 0672337282 Author: Timothy L. Warner The beauty of PowerShell is that it also provides you with PowerShell ISE, which is an integrated scripting environment that "helps you compose, debug, manage and run Windows PowerShell script files." ... (more)

.NET Book Review: Murach's SQL Server 2005 for Developers

This book is an update of an earlier version that was written for SQL Server 2000. It employs the Murach approach of dual pages that repeat and enhance the concepts being presented on each page. If you're new to SQL Server 2005 you'll gain a lot from this book. It has three goals: to teach T-SQL (Transact SQL), introduce you to the new .NET CLR integration, and introduce you to the new graphical user interface called SQL Server Management Studio that replaces the enterprise manager and query analyzer that were part of the SQL Server 2000 package of software tools. The authors do ... (more)

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

I'm sure that there are times when you visit your favorite bookstore to look at new books on your favorite .NET topics and you cringe at the weighty tomes sitting on the shelves. You open these books and page upon page of continuous print swims before your eyes, but you figure it's important so you plop down your hard-earned money, take the book home, begin to read it in you rocker recliner and fall asleep. O'Reilly has developed a new series of books called Head First that .NET developers would be wise to take a look at. It uses a markedly different approach to important topics... (more)

Book Review: SQL Antipatterns

I never thought I would ever describe a technical book that I have reviewed as delightful but that is exactly how felt when I read the book SQL Antipatterns by Bill Karwin. The book's subtitle ‘Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming' really summarizes the goal of the book in a nutshell. The book consists of 25 chapters divided into four distinct topics. Each chapter reviews a different antipattern. Mr. Karwin defines an antipattern as "a technique that is intended to solve a problem but that often leads to other problems." Each chapter starts off with a problem to solve or ... (more)

Book Review: Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming

Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming is a well-written book that meets the stated goals of its author: "The target audience for this book is the beginning C# programmer who wants to gain a foundation in object-oriented programming along with C# language basics." This book works on a lot of different levels. It gives the beginner a good feel for the software development life cycle (sdlc). It goes from cradle to grave in discussing the application design and implementation. The book starts by laying out the foundation for a sample application called the office supply ordering ... (more)