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Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, collects a list of cool book recommendations.
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things I constantly find myself doing is reading. I try to read a lot of different things, fiction, non-fiction, classic literature, and technical. I am always cycling back and reading technical books. I find that I need to know more these days, and I have less time to come up to speed on various topics.
Although my primary focus is on Windows PowerShell, I see the need to constantly be learning and reading about various technical topics. In this way, I guess I am a holistic Windows PowerShell scripter, something not entirely different than a holistic detective.
I do have a nearly unlimited need to read and learn new stuff, but I do not have an unlimited budget or unlimited time. Therefore, I do not want to waste my resources on useless books. So I reached out to various experts for recommendations of great non-PowerShell books that might be of interest to Windows PowerShell people. Here are the results:
Jim Christopher, Windows PowerShell MVP, suggests the following two books:
Chris Bellee, Microsoft PFE, and my good friend from Australia (also, literally the coolest person I know) sends the following recommendations:
Mike Kline, Microsoft PFE, suggested the following books about Active Directory:
Tom Nolan, Microsoft PFE, suggests the following books:
Yung Chou, Microsoft DPE, suggests:
Doug Finke, Windows PowerShell MVP, says this book is how he learned to search XML:
Blain Barton, Microsoft IT pro evangelist, provided this list:
Here are some books that I (the Scripting Guy) have found helpful:
I invite you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.
Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy
I want to add a book to this list that I think everyone in IT should read:
The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.