PowerShell Cookbook vs PowerShell in Action
The Windows PowerShell Cookbook will stay on my shelf as a reference book (for the code samples), but I would look to other resources first (e.g. Windows PowerShell In Action by Bruce Payette), if you need a resource to help learn PowerShell.
I thought long and hard about the depth and breadth of the book. One theme they’re picking up on is that the PowerShell Cookbook is not a language focused book, and does not go into gritty detail about each language feature. This is intentional, as I wanted the book to have a very clear and unique value. We already have one PowerShell in Action, so there’s really not a need for another.
One thing that’s missed by the review is the implicit False Dichotomy – that you should only have one book on PowerShell. The PowerShell Cookbook is intended to be a reference book (for its code samples and pre-packaged solutions,) while PowerShell in Action is intended to be a guided PowerShell tutorial. There is very little overlap between Bruce’s book and the PowerShell Cookbook, and both provide significant value.
Since both Bruce and I wrote books with the intention to benefit the PowerShell community, it would not be in the best interest of anybody to have competing books!