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Formato: Versión Kindle
Definitely more than $0.99 worth of usefulness in here
(at time of review, cost is 99 cents)
I went through this book in about two weeks on my Kindle. I'm sure others can go through it quicker, but I was practicing with most of the commands mentioned in the book as I read about them. It's a good read; I like the author's conversational style of writing. Also, he sometimes provides a little history here and there about Windows/DOS and PCs in general, some of which was interesting, and if that's not your thing, there's not so much of it to bore you. I got a pretty good feel for what can be done from standard Windows commands and also increased my familiarity with not only the commands themselves, but the available switching options. Some parts could have used a little more explanation. For example, in the chapter on networking, he provides a secondary way of obtaining your IP address using netsh (net shell) but this is practically the only mention of netsh in the book and he treats it like a command, when in fact, netsh is a command-line utility with a whole slew of other capabilities. Sure, the full power of netsh would be beyond the scope of the book, but he could have taken a paragraph, or heck, even a footnote to explain that. On the other hand, he dedicates an entire chapter to disk partitioning, (the diskpart utility), and while it's good to know that that exists, if I were seriously planning on doing ANY sort of disk partitioning, there's NO WAY I would rely on the equivalent of 10 or so e-book pages to walk me through. While he is pretty good in every chapter about giving necessary cautions of what the reader needs to be careful with, the diskpart utility in particular is in a whole other category of its own, basically it gets a "DO NOT TOUCH WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION" label in my mind. So I kinda glossed through that chapter to see that, yes, diskpart exists, but I don't want to touch it with a 10-foot pole until I'm well-read (in more substantial books) and have backed up everything on my hard-drive.
Opposed to one of the negative reviews, I don't consider this book a no-brainer for absolute-zero beginners. I think most people, even computer savvy folks, will learn a few things here. The ideal audience in my opinion would be someone who's comfortable with general use of a computer, has maybe opened the command prompt once or twice, and perhaps even executed a couple of commands, but maybe didn't really know what he/she was doing, and wants to learn more. This book will give you a gateway into the "more" you're looking for, but for any serious command line dabbling, I recommend supplementing the book with other sources, many of which are freely available online. ESPECIALLY supplement if you're dabbling with anything that includes the /delete option or, *shudders* diskpart.
One minor complaint: I wish the author had taken more time to explain how unforgiving the command prompt is when it comes to spaces. This can especially be a headache if you try messing with batch files (which are only briefly covered in the book anyhow) but it applies everywhere. Most computer programming languages are pretty lenient about spaces. Not DOS commands. If you follow the format exactly as in the book, I'm sure you'll be ok, but if you're doing some free-form typing, be sure to mind your spacing. It's a very subtle mistake that can cause the command prompt to choke with strange error messages when you're off by a space. This really should have been more explicitly pointed out.
Still, you're virtually guaranteed to get your 99 cents worth.
Oh, and I just remembered, %20 of the book (which is to say probably about 20 pages) are dedicated to the author's fan fiction work, included here as a bonus. I didn't personally read that part, because I'm not typically into fiction in general. It didn't bother me that he included it either. (Can't blame a guy for promoting his work, whatever the medium) The book, sans the fan fiction, had everything I would expect a beginner's command line book to include. The rest is fluff. If you happen to have a liking for fantasy/fiction as well, then you get an added bonus. If you don't, don't read it. To me, DOS-style command line interfacing and fantasy make for strange bedfellows, but to each their own.