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1. Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming
2. VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
3. VBScript Programmer's Reference
4. Microsoft VBScript: Step by Step
5. Learning VBScript
6. Managing Windows(R) with VBScript
7. VBScript, WMI, and ADSI Unleashed:
8. VBScript Pocket Reference
9. Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming
10. Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript
11. Learn Microsoft VBScript In a
12. Advanced VBScript for Microsoft
13. Vbscript Interactive Course
14. Vbscript Unleashed
15. Teach Yourself Vbscript in 21
16. Vbscript for Dummies
17. VBScript for the World Wide Web
18. WSH and VBScript Core: TFM
19. Microsoft VBScript Professional
20. Web Developer's Guide to JavaScript

1. Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner
by JrJerry Lee Ford
Paperback: 480 Pages (2008-11-11)
list price: US$34.99 -- used & new: US$21.82
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Asin: 1598638033
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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VBScript is an excellent first programming language to learn. Its simplicity makes learning basic programming concepts easy. Yet VBScript is a powerful scripting language from which you can learn even the most complex programming concepts such as how to perform object-based programming. Unlike Visual Basic, VBA, and many other programming languages, there is no complex development environment to learn. In fact, you can create all your VBScripts using a simple text editor such as Windows Notepad. VBScripts can be run on WSH (Windows Script Host) and several other environments. If you are new to programming with Microsoft WSH and VBScript and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you.Developed by computer science professors, books in the for the absolute beginner? series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills that you need for more practical WSH and VBScript programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Best of all, by the time you finish this book, you will be able to apply the basic principles you?ve learned to the next programming language you tackle. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good 1st step for begin programmer.
I was a VBA programmer with MS Access, I was excited with this book.I liked to learn about other aspects of the programming languages.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Content
The content of the book was very good. The proofreading of the book was positively AWFUL. I had to mark the rating down 2 stars because of the HORRIBLE proofreading. The layout, design and content of the book was definitely appropriate for a beginner, but it was sure hard seeing correct programming syntax with so many proofreading errors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vastly improved over earlier editions
I panned an earlier edition of this book as confused and not providing useful information.

In this Third Edition, Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. gets it right.

He says he has added a new chapter and two new appendices, in addition to expanding coverage throughout the book. All of these efforts show to good effect.

This is now an excellent introduction learning VBScript, one of the most widely used scripting languages.

Ford leads you by the hand through the very basics of using Windows Script Host (WSH) and VBScript. He begins with an overview and moves into the Windows Script Host, which is a good idea. VBScript is capable by itself within a limited range: it is WSH that really expands its usefulness - and WSH can be a difficult concept to understand.

As in the other "Absolute Beginner" series, they use the development of games as their teaching vehicle. I am uncomfortable with this concept, but you do what you have to do.

In this instance, Ford uses the concept well to teach the essentials of VBScript and constants, variables, arrays, dictionaries, conditional logic, data, error tracking and so on. He then moves into more realistic scenarios involving the Windows Registry, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Remote WSH and WSH Administrative Scripting.

Overall, what was once a throwaway book is now an excellent way to teach and learn VBScript. Ford has done a great job of listening to his critics and revising his product.


5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beginner
I'm currently using this book in a college course. It's a great book for the beginner and it will be a great reference for the experienced programmer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
I am very satisified with this book. Listing said 'like new'. This book could have been taken out of plastic after I got it for all I would know.This was 'Very New'.This is a very good book. It goes through examples step-bu-step and helps you through the whole process.I would recomend this book to anyone who is either first time with VBScript or as a refresher for old VBScript programmers. ... Read more

2. VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
by Paul Lomax, Ron Petrusha
Paperback: 552 Pages (2003-04-01)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$29.97
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Asin: 0596004885
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Lightweight yet powerful, VBScript from Microsoft® is used in four main areas: server-side web applications using Active Server Pages (ASP), client-side web scripts using Internet Explorer, code behind Outlook forms, and automating repetitive tasks using Windows Script Host (WSH). VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition delivers current and complete documentation for programmers and system administrators who want to develop effective scripts.Completely updated for VBScript 5.6, WSH 5.6 and ASP 3.0, VBScript In a Nutshell, Second Edition includes updated introductory chapters that will help you keep current with the significant changes since the first edition was published. New chapters introduce the Windows Script Component for creating binary COM components, and the Script Encoder.Regardless of your level of experience programming with VBScript, VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition is the book you'll want by your side--the most complete, up-to-date, and easy-to-use language reference available.Amazon.com Review
Because it applies the concise and popular Nutshell format to Microsoft's preferred scripting language, VBScript in a Nutshell is a valuable learning resource and reference. Focusing on the core language rather than on any specific application, this book teaches how to write clear, efficient VBScript code. Whether developing for the Web, automating Windows, or customizing Microsoft Outlook, this book will help the reader do a better job.

Though it caters to new users, VBScript is mainly a reference book. Each piece of the core VBScript specification (plus the Dictionary and FileSystemObject objects that make up the Microsoft Scripting Runtime) is described in an alphabetized entry. For each statement, function, operator, and object, the book gives a quick description of the element's syntax, concise rules of its proper use, information on returned values (if any), and some examples of the language element used correctly in practice. Two additional sections on each language element will be valuable to novices and anyone stumped by errors: a "Rules at a Glance" section that documents correct usage, and a section called "Programming Tips & Gotchas" that highlights common mistakes. --David Wall

Topics covered: Core VBScript and the most important object models on which it operates, including Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Windows Scripting Host. Tutorial material and reference entries explain structure, syntax, and program design. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best reference book out there
Haven't had it that long, but I can look up the parameters to function calls quickly in this book.If I just had to have one VBScript book, this would be it.

3-0 out of 5 stars 2nd edition didn't document all the changes in 5.6
I've been a big fan of the 1st edition for years and found it very helpful.I use Regular Expressions a lot in Perl and found VBScript's support for RE's a bit lacking (could not extract the submatches).I was pleasantly surprised to find that this capability was added in VBScript 5.5.I bought the 2nd edition of this book because it claimed to cover VBScript 5.6.Imagine my surprise when the SubMatches collection isn't documented at all.

Overall I'm quite disappointed in the 2nd edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for VB Scripters
This text is excellent for folks working on VBs projects.It contains good examples, great information about syntax and also warnings for "gotcha's" -- it's great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful VBScript reference
This is not intended for beginners in scripting or VBScript in particular. But for anyone with even moderate programming or scripting, this may be all you'll need to become familiar with VBScript.

Written in the spare, terse style of all Nutshell books, the book is very dense in terms of information. The major aspects of VBScript's versatility are explored (though there are no references to HTML Applications (HTAs)). The major functions are explained and there is a complete reference.

An essential volume for anyone using VBScript.


4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book
This is not the book to learn the basics of VBScript, but it's exactly what I needed; a good reference book. I got tired of trying to find syntax of commands and functions online. Now I have it at my fingertips. ... Read more

3. VBScript Programmer's Reference
by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Kathie Kingsley-Hughes, Daniel Read
Paperback: 816 Pages (2007-10-08)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$14.96
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Asin: 0470168080
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Completely updated for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 R2, this book is packed with practical examples for today's programmer, Web developer, or system administrator
  • Combines a comprehensive overview of the VBScript technology and associated technologies with sample code at every stage from beginner to advanced user
  • Discusses the general syntax, functions, keywords, style, error handling, and similar language-specific topics and then moves into an expanded reference section covering the object models in detail
  • Presents advanced coverage on Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), PowerShell, security scripting, remote scripting, database scripting, and more
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Customer Reviews (44)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginner
I haven't read much of the book but what I did read was geared for the beginner.It appears to be an adequate presentation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid book - even for beginners
Great Reference - Good examples, wish the index covered sample code better.Many functions and examples were in the book, but not found in the index.One of the more useful books for VBScript using it as straight programming for reading files and processing directories from a command window.

5-0 out of 5 stars VBScript A+
This is one of the best reference books I have purchased in a while, things are really starting to pick-up speed now (repetitive tasks).

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers Basics, and quickly moves on to Advanced topics
This books covers many basic topics that I already knew from books such as the Microsoft "Windows 2000 Scripting Guide".It also moves on to advanced topics such as COM objects covered in the Microsoft book "Advanced VBScript for Windows administratiors".If you are not looking for a book to teach you basic programming (If you are looking for a more basic book, try the Microsoft Windows 2000 scripting guide.), but a book to teach you VBScript, this is the book for you.

As for myself, the appendix that covers the various sub-types of the VARIANT variable, and how to cast them as specific sub types (VBScript does not allow one to declare a variable of a specific type, such as a string or integer, as Visual Basic does) was worth the cost of the book alone.
I wish I'd has this information a year ago!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars VBScript 3rd edition programmer's reference
The book is very good for me as a beginner and want to master VBScript , each chapter of the 21 chapters is centric , heavy organized and easy to digest material with alot of short code examples , tutorials and figures , and the book end with 10 appendices covering the book in a nutshell and act as a reference , what interested my in the book is Sidebar and gadgets programming , task schedular scripting , powershell scripting using VBS , window script host for windows administration like copying and moving files and creating folders and making reports and automated task handling and HTA scripting , before reading the books i did not know that VBScript can do all that . ... Read more

4. Microsoft VBScript: Step by Step
by Ed Wilson
Paperback: 512 Pages (2006-11-29)
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Asin: 0735622973
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Learn how to automate Windows administration—one step at a time—with practical, hands-on instruction from a leading Microsoft Visual Basic® Scripting Edition (VBScript) trainer at Microsoft. Work at your own pace and build practical skills as you learn how to use scripting techniques to help manage your Windows, Internet Information Services (IIS), and Microsoft Exchange Server environments. You will learn how to write your first script using VBScript and how to work with Windows Script Host (WSH), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and Active Directory® Service Interfaces (ADSI). You will also learn how to create logon scripts to automate the management of systems, user accounts, files, printers, the registry, network services, directory services, security features, group policy, and more. This guide features self-paced learning labs and a companion CD that features a complete eBook, plus more than 100 adaptable sample scripts and a host of timesaving scripting tools. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars VBScript is not like Applescript
I was hoping that VBScript would function on a Windows machine the same as Applescript on a Mac--allow an individual user to automate tasks within an application, or those that require several applications and/or the operating system to interact. If VBScript can do this sort of task, then the book does not approach it. This massive book appears to only tackle network server administration tasks. I can't fault the book for this. The program was not what I hoped it would be.

5-0 out of 5 stars As good as the experts say.
I'm new to VBScript and have to come up to speed quickly for my job. I subscribe to "Experts Exchange" (best on-line resource, bar none) so when I searched on "best vbscript programming book" and numerous hits came back naming Ed Wilson's book, I knew this was the right choice.

The seller's price was the lowest and the book was delivered in just a few days. This was definitely a 5 star transaction.

2-0 out of 5 stars Errors Abound
This book is decent for getting starting in VBScripting, but you should not pick this book up if you are new to programming. In the first few chapters, he doesn't just go over the basics, but he brings in things that will only confuse new programmers. He dives right into WMI queries and such before you even have a firm grasp on the fundamentals. While he does mention that he'll go over these in later chapters, it only would cause a person with limited experience to become overwhelmed. When he started on the IF.. THEN.. ELSE stuff, he used very basic examples that really drove home the ideas. I wish he would have used that throughout the book and saved the advanced stuff for later (when he had time to explain it rather than telling someone to ignore the code.. it makes the code hard to read and hard to understand if you don't know what is going on in it).

The other unfortunate thing is the numerous spelling/grammar errors in the book. Things like double words (we we) and words that have improper conjunction (you"ll). The book also misses when it tries to walk you through building code. It misses entire steps on where to put lines (even when he is obviously trying to walk you through it). You are left trying to figure it out yourself with zero explanation.

There really needs to be a new version to fix some of the glaring errors in the book. The errata would be lengthy and only get in the way if you are constantly having to refer to it as you walk through examples.

It's somewhat of a disappointment.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not helpful
This book is not a good look-up source for your problems and questions in VBScript. You can code and test the examples in the book to get started, don't expect more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Start for VBScript
I bought this book to get an idea on how to use VBscript in the MS network that I manage.It was great to have found this book because it gets to the point and was not filled with fluff.This book is a good stepping stone for VBscript but, you should consider learning some VB before tackling it.A little VB or even Office VBA knowledge can help you breeze through the book and its examples.Overall the book was great and I recommend it to learn the foundations of VBscript. ... Read more

5. Learning VBScript
by Paul Lomax
Paperback: 624 Pages (1997-07-01)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$19.95
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Asin: 1565922476
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Client-side scripting involves creating programs that run on a user'sbrowser, in the process making web pages more interactive or faster.Learning VBScript shows how to take full advantage of client-sidescripting using Microsoft's own scripting language, VBScript. The book consists of three sections that quickly teach the reader how to write client-side scripts to enhance a web site's pages:

  • A fast-paced introduction to VBScript that covers basic language features, including the differences between VBScript and Visual Basicfor Applications
  • An introduction to the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) object model, which transforms VBScript into a powerful language that controls the browser, allowing the creation of interactive web pages
  • Techniques for enhancing the interactivity and attractiveness of a website, such as adding ActiveX controls to a web page, creating documents"on the fly" on the browser, and validating user data before submittingit to the server For content providers who want to learn client-side scripting or VB programmerswho want to create web applications, Learning VBScript is the definitiveguide that takes you through language basics as well as specific techniques fordeveloping professional web pages. Includes CD-ROM with over 170 code samplesand a customizable shopping cart application.
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Customer Reviews (15)

3-0 out of 5 stars Much of the information is outdated
The Active X control pad has been superceeded by DHTML.This book presented a method of creating menus on web pages that no longer works.If you don't have the latest Internet Explorer, this book is for you, but if you have Windows Vista with Internet Explorer 7, this book is practically obsolete.A new edition needs to be released.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still using this book in 2003!
This is the best VBScript book and I've never felt the need to get another one.It's accessible to a novice (which I was when I first bought it) but has enough depth and richness of information to still be used as a reference guide now that I have over 5 years of experience.I can look up all the functions in it quickly (easy to forget syntax when you're programming in VBScript and client-side JavaScript at the same time), since I've marked the pages with post-it tabs, and it's well organized so that I can find things quickly even if I haven't marked them.Sure,it doesn't describe some of the newer language features that came out after it was published, but still it will work 95% of the time.I notice the same author worked on the O'Reilly VBScript in a Nutshell book, so I might check that out, but generally I don't like the Nutshell books as much because they don't have code samples.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great bridge to VBScript for ASP
I had been developing strictly with perl for Unix, when I needed to dosome work on an NT platform I ordered this book. I used it coupled withO'Reilly's ASP in a nutshell and finished the job quickly. It is a greatreference for migrating from other scripting languages.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for "intermediates"
This book is NOT for complete novices like me!Terms like "OCX", "32-bit", and "server-side includes" are used but not explained at all.With some help from other books, someof the material made sense.That said, there is a lot of good content inthis book.I'd recommend a more introductory book (is there one?) for truerookies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Overall a good tutorial on VBScript, even tho' it's outdated
Don't buy this book in the yera 2000... buy VBScript Programmer's Reference instead, by Wrox Press. It covers the latest and greatest, VBScript 5.0, instead of Lomax's rinky-dink 1.0 and a bit of 2.0 coverage.I gave this book 3 stars, though, because the quality of Lomax's"lessons" and explanations are great if you are new to VB or ascripting language. Indeed, Lomax demonstrates how VBScript is much easierto learn than JavaScript.

Overall, it is better to buy a book that ismore updated. This is a dinosaur in today's lightning-speed techno market,and it needs to be put in the museum (c'mon, 1997? ) ... Read more

6. Managing Windows(R) with VBScript and WMI
by Don Jones
Paperback: 640 Pages (2004-04-03)
list price: US$64.99 -- used & new: US$37.87
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Asin: 0321213343
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Finally, a step-by-step VBScripting book to make you look like a programmer without the time and sweat! Don't waste your time searching the Internet for examples--this book does it for you!"

--Greg A. Marino, Senior Systems Engineer/Consultant, Westtown Consulting Group, Inc.

Visual Basic Scripting (VBScript) and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) are vital tools for systems administrators grappling with the increasing complexity of Windows technologies. However, busy admins have been without a straightforward guide to scripting...until now.

Managing Windows® with VBScript and WMI explains how Windows administrators can effectively use VBScript to automate common administrative tasks and simplify complex ones. Detailed coverage of security concerns provides admins with the means for safely using VBScript in Windows environments. The book is organized around the problems you face daily, with reusable examples and coverage of Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003.

This user-friendly reference demystifies scripting and then shows you how to produce new scripts from scratch. You will be producing useful scripts right away as you study the VBScript language and learn how to control nearly every aspect of the Windows operating system with WMI and the Active Directory Services Interface (ASDI). You will be able to build your own administrative Web pages and use advanced scripting technologies such as script encryption, scripting components, and script security. The book closes with still more ready-made example scripts accompanied by complete line-by-line explanations. The CD includes all the code from the book and trial versions of PrimalScript 3.0 and VbsEdit. A companion Web site provides updates and errata.

Inside you will find answers to such questions as:

  • How do you write effective logon scripts? Chapter 11
  • How do you write scripts that query and modify user and group information? Chapter 16
  • How can you query the IP addresses from multiple network adapters in multiple remote computers? Chapter 19
  • How can you design, write, run, test, and debug your own administrative Web pages? Chapter 24
  • How can you reuse code between various scripts? Chapter 25

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Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Basic to Advanced. Covers Everything.
Very Good Book for Admins who are not very comfortable with programming. Covers from the Basics till Advanced topics. Good buy if you want to take control.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall, an excellent primer
I was up and running in no time.Finished this book in a couple weeks, and was automating my companies Terminal Server user environments and Active Directory tasks in no time.I recommend this book to any beginner, as well as to someone just needing to solidify some concepts they may have missed while "frankensteining" their scripts.You know we've all done that!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction, a little code heavy
This is a nice introduction, reasonably well written, introduction to using Windows automation through VBScript. About a third of the book acts as an introduction to the basics of VBScript for use in this context. He covers basics like variables, conditionals, functions, error handling, and more. The other two thirds of the book covers a variety of topics like shell extensions, ASP, XML, active directory and more. This is up-to-date stuff.

On the downside the exposition depends a little too much on code. But if you like that sort of thing you will do well with that. It's not unusual for tech books, but it's enough that I took a star off for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not to basic for this administrator
Was Joseph DeMarco (previous review) reading the same book? The book has several chapters on AD scripting, and they showed me how to create users, delete them, create OUs, and more. The book has THIRTEEN chapters on learning VBScript, which I didn't know and now I finally do. They're clearly written and they're not super-deep, so I got through them quickly. If you're a professional developer, this book isn't for you. If you're a systems administrator, I can't see how this book wouldn't be helpful.

The book has several "Putting it All Together" chapters which sum up everything that came before and show you how to design, write, and debug a complete script. I took a previous review's advice and checked out the authors Web site and there are GOBS of additional script samples, tutorials, and more. The book doesn't, for example, go into remote scripting - which I think would have blown my mind when I started - but the Web site has a good tutorial on it and several user discussions on it.

I bought the Micosoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide and thought it was WAY too deep. Every time I started to learn something it would go off on a tangent. That book is starting to be useful to me as a reference, now, because it contains SO MUCH information, but Don Jones's book showed me how to make sense of everything.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too Basic for System Administrators
I bought this book based on other customers' reviews. The book talks very generally about scripting for Active Directory. The book contains the word "VBScript", as well as "Managing Windows". However, it covers very little about the in's & out's of what it possible. The sections on ADSI are watered down and virtually useless. The script examples are simple, and aren't thorough at all. I found more information on Microsoft's web site.

For an experienced system administrator, this book is not for you. If you are an absolute beginner and want to learn a few simple tasks using VBScript, have at.

As for Mr. O'Connel's comment above, perhaps I should have been more specific. For example, while the book does show you how to create & delete users and OU's (incidentally with error-ridden scripts), nothing about the underlying ADSI object model is discussed. There are hundreds of ADSI objects available through LDAP, few of which are covered in this book. For the ones that are covered, there is no discussion of the attributes or methods of these objects.

So, yes, I did read the same book as Mr. O'Connel. However, I was seeking "way more detail" from a book entitled "Managing Windows". ... Read more

7. VBScript, WMI, and ADSI Unleashed: Using VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to Automate Windows Administration
by Don Jones
Paperback: 576 Pages (2007-06-03)
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Asin: 0321501713
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you’re a Windows administrator, scripting expertise can liberate you from boring, repetitive work–so you can take on the sophisticated, high-value projects you really want. Top scripting guru Don Jones has written the definitive administrator’s guide to getting results with Microsoft’s key scripting technologies: VBScript, WMI, and ADSI.


Jones draws on his unsurpassed experience training Windows administrators in conferences, classes, and from his enormously popular site, ScriptingAnswers.com.


You’ll learn how to use VBScript, WMI, and ADSI to gain administrative control over nearly every aspect of every recent Windows server or client, including Windows Server 2003, Vista, XP, 2000, and NT. As you gain experience, Jones introduces more advanced techniques, ranging from modular scripting and script encryption to integrating VBScript with HTML code.


Jones concludes with a full section of ready-to-run, real-world examples–from logon/logoff scripts to automated domain and network administration, from querying WMI to creating Active Directory groups. Every script is explained line-by-line, with challenging techniques described in even greater detail.


Detailed information on how to…


  • Decide what you can script: a framework for getting started fast
  • Understand how scripts are designed, assembled, and run
  • Master VBScript from start to finish: functions, I/O, data manipulation, program flow, and much more
  • Use scripting objects for tasks ranging from retrieving network information to mapping drives
  • Utilize FileSystemObject to manipulate the Windows filesystem
  • Write ADSI scripts to manipulate any directory service your company uses, from Active Directory to Novell NDS
  • Modify domain information, users, groups, and policies
  • Query WMI information–from basic to advanced
  • Plan for errors, and test and debug your scripts
  • Build your own “resource kit” of reusable script components



Download all examples and source code presented in this book from ScriptingAnswers.com, where you’ll also be able to post follow-up questions directly to the author in a moderated, active community.


Introduction 1


Part I: Introduction to Windows Administrative Scripting 11

Chapter 1: Scripting Concepts and Terminology 13

Chapter 2: Running Scripts 21

Chapter 3: The Components of a Script 39

Chapter 4: Designing a Script 55


Part II: VBScript Tutorial 73

Chapter 5: Functions, Objects, Variables, and More 75

Chapter 6: Input and Output 101

Chapter 7: Manipulating Numbers 115

Chapter 8: Manipulating Strings 129

Chapter 9: Manipulating Other Types of Data 145

Chapter 10: Controlling the Flow of Execution 155

Chapter 11: Built-In Scripting Objects 173

Chapter 12: Working with the File System 193

Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Creating Your First Script from Scratch 219


Part III: Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Services Interface 245

Chapter 14: Working with ADSI Providers 247

Chapter 15: Manipulating Domains 257

Chapter 16: Manipulating Users and Groups 271

Chapter 17: Understanding WMI 283

Chapter 18: Querying Basic WMI Information 299

Chapter 19: Querying Complex WMI Information 317

Chapter 20: Putting It All Together: Your First WMI/ADSI Script 335

Chapter 21: Testing and Debugging WMI and ADSI Queries 357


Part IV: Advanced Scripting Techniques 371

Chapter 22: Modular Script Programming 373

Chapter 23: Scripts Packaging and Protection 389

Chapter 24: Scripting Security 399

Chapter 25: Introduction to HTML Applications 409

Chapter 26: Debugging Tips, Tools, and Techniques 421


Part V: Ready-to-Run Examples 437

Chapter 27: Logon and Logoff Scripts 439

Chapter 28: Windows and Domain Administration Scripts 455

Chapter 29: Network Administration Scripts 481

Chapter 30: WMI and ADSI Scripts 497


Appendix 509

Index 523


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Customer Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at Best
If you have any scripting experience at all, you're better off with a different book. This one is definitely geared more toward the stereotypical minimally competent Windows domain administrator who may or may not be a paper MCSE and who can't be bothered to learn anything outside the specific scope of his job.

The book claims to aim at the VBScript neophyte, but it would help to have at least seen or, better, copy-pasted and modified some scripts before diving into this book. The author constantly uses concepts and language constructs from upcoming chapters before they're covered. This practice is frustrating, but may be justified in the very beginning of the book, while he's covering the VBScript language itself - it's difficult to put together a non-trivial program without using a few different programming concepts. However, he even does this after he's finished with the VBScript introduction; he uses ADSI stuff when he's trying to explain WSH, for example. It can be a little daunting trying to learn one concept when four new ones are being thrown at you.

I also felt, as I see in other reviews here, that the author spends way too much energy trying to sell the reader on his company's scripting IDE. Seriously, I bought a scripting book, not an advertisement. To top it off, it doesn't even sound like his program is any better than Notepad++ (which is free and GPL).

In addition, the author inadvertently helped me to choose JScript over VBScript, even though JScript is not covered in the book. It's obvious from the text and the information I find online that VBScript is a horribly crippled language, and I have a decent amount of experience with Javascript anyway.

In all, I wouldn't say that this is a BAD book, as I did learn enough about WSH, WMI, and ADSI to be able to search for what I really need on Microsoft's reference site, but I don't think I'll be buying another book from this author or Sams Publishing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered
I had originally studied the Microsoft Press book "Microsoft Windows Scripting Self-Paced Learning Guide", but still needed more.

VBScript, WMI and ADSI Unleashed is the book that I wish I had read first.It is a good choice for a system admin who wants to start scripting administrative tasks.

Having never scripted before, I had many questions.This book started from the beginning, what editor should I use for programming, and took me all the way to my first scripted program....to search AD for all Servers at or below a specified OU, remotely attach to each server, determine if it is a physical or virtual computer, run a hardware configuration utility as appropriate, reconfigure the hardware as appropriate based on the utilities output and report back to me the results.I went from nothing to decent in about two weeks.

This is a good choice for this type of book.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Congratulations on purchasing this book..now download all the VBScript documentation to learn.."
Hey all,

I was a noob in all of this scripting stuff when I bought this book. Frankly it was not a bad purchase but it did leave me kind of disappointed. The first few chapters are a waste of time because there just like a huge sales ad for the author's company that sells a VBScript IDE, added to that you never get that feeling that he's fully convinced of what he is telling you, i.e. "You should learn VBScript but it doesn't matter because we have the impending doom looming over called Windows Powershell".

Last but not least is the fact related to the title of my review, basically he stresses the point that to learn VBScript you should get the online documentation for it......then what the hell did I buy this book for? If I wanted to learn structured programming I would've bought a C++ book that will do a better job.

All in all, the book has it's good points..I just can't remember them right now 'cause I'm hungry and it's Christmas Day. It does give you the basic knowledge what scripts can do, although if you been a windows adminfor a while then this will only confirm to you that there are other ways of doing stuff....and that you need the VBScript online documentation (which by the way was hard to find on Microsoft's website) to do them.

This is the only scripting book I've so sadly I can't give you an alternative to it or compare it against any but if you really are into self-learning I think that a little organization, time and all the documentation available at MS's website might do.

If you have the bucks to spare buy it, if you have time on your hands don't buy and turn over to the Net to learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical with examples
I found this book to be very helpful and practical with the examples given in the book.The examples have come in useful for me for basic systems administration in my Windows Server 2003 network with Active Directory.The author breaks down the example codes line by line and explains what is going on, which I found to be very helpful.

one thing I did not like was that some times the author purposely put mistakes in the code without initially telling you.Then towards the end of the section, he will ask you why the code did not work and will tell you what went wrong and why.He doesn't do this all the time, but a few times.It made me second guess myself and thought that the publisher had bad typos in the code, something familiarly seen in a lot of programming books. Good learning experience, I suppose.

Even if you are a beginner programmer wanting to learn VBscripting, I think you would be able to get the gist of VBscript by copying the examples in the book and tweaking them for your needs.This is my first VBscript book and it's definitely a keeper for me.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars How refreshing!
What a pleasure! This is a book written for technical administrators, by a technical administrator with a knack for writing. Don Jones demonstrates a talent for explaining the intricacies of monitoring and administering a Windows enterprise using WMI & ADSI scripting (et al) in a perfectly comprehensible manner without coming across annoyingly simplistic or condescendingly academic. Computer book writers take note! ... Read more

8. VBScript Pocket Reference
by Paul Lomax, Matt Childs, Ron Petrusha
Paperback: 128 Pages (2001-02-01)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$7.55
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Whether you're developing code for Active Server Pages, client-side scripts for Internet Explorer, code for Outlook forms, or scripts for Windows Script Host, this book will be your constant companion. Based on the bestselling VBScript in a Nutshell, this small book details every VBScript language element--every statement, function, and object--both in VBScript itself and in the Microsoft Scripting Runtime Library. Entries are arranged alphabetically by topic, so that you can, for instance, easily find details about that string-handling function that you can't quite remember. In addition, appendixes list VBScript operators and VBScript intrinsic constants.Regardless of how much experience you have programming with VBScript, this is the book you'll pick up time and time again as your standard quick reference guide to the VBScript language. It is indispensable for anyone writing scripts with VBScript. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference, small size
I was looking for something concise and yet thorough to hand out in a class I teach, and this book is perfect.It gives my students a comprehensive list of VBScript functions and statements, and yet it doesn't take up a lot of space or weight a ton.

3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
The reference material seems accurate but I have found more detail in the free help file that comes with VBS 5.6.Return values and types and the actual values of the builtin constants, which I didn't find in the book.

I apparently overlooked the note that this book was based on VBS 5.5 when I ordered it.I have several pocket references and this is the first that fell short of my needs.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very handy little book
It you want to learn VBScript go elsewhere. However, if you just want a quick reference that you can take anywhere this is the only book for you. It is remarkably concise and very well written. Its perfect for the VBScritp programmer that needs a little help from time to time looking up a hard to remember command and its syntax.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for non VB programmers.
I like the O'Reilly pocket reference series. They don't take up a lot of desk real estate, and you can generally find what you need to know in a hurry.

From the perspective of a programmer who hasn't touched basic since he had a Sinclair Spectrum, I found this book got me up to speed reasonbly quickly. However I suspect it will attract a fairly small audience - a non programmer would find it too terse to be a good learning book, and an experienced VB programmer would probably be better off with a book specific to the environment they're using (eg, ASP) because this book does not cover any enviroment specific objects, and VBScript has no enviroment specific functions. It does however cover the filesystem objects and the dictionary object, which is handy.

Every now and then I get frustrated with the book when I can't find a function that I want, but then I usually discover that the function doesn't exist in VBScript, which is really such a trivial language that a pocket reference can cover it more or less completely. ... Read more

9. Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner
by Jr.Jerry Lee Ford
Paperback: 510 Pages (2005-02-18)
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Asin: 1592007317
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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If you are new to programming with Microsoft WSH and VBScript and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science professors, books in the for the absolute beginner series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills that you need for more practical WSH and VBScript programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Best of all, by the time you finish this book, you will be able to apply the basic principles you've learned to the next programming language you tackle. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars VBScript
This item has served its purpose. It provides insight about the newly release VB Script explaining the features and how to effectively use them.

2-0 out of 5 stars not what I had hoped for
The examples are wrong which is making things harder to understand and the web site for the book doesn't have an amendment section but it does have the scripts which seem to be working, so far anyway.

I know just enough about scripting to steal somebody else's working script and get it to work for my needs but I was looking to get a true understanding of VBSripting.

I have not yet completely finished the book but I feel I have wasted my money.

I'll update when I have finished but want to give others a heads up.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the absolute beginner, not even for a beginner
Have to admit that I decided to learn VBScript - It seemed to be a powerful language and I've come across it many times in my work with networking and desktop computers. Having programmed mainframe computers for 30+ years, used basic on PCs, and published and supported many web sites for the last 10 years, I decided to purchase as many books as possible to teach myself this language and keep some for reference. I was disappointed. I expected a clear, simplified, and example-driven approach to this subject. Instead I found it confusing, un-engaging, and I lost interest in it after a few pages.
If you are in the same boat as I am and want to learn the language, try VBScript for the world wide web (visual quickstart guide, about 150 pages) by Paul Thurrott. Of the 7 books that I got, it is the absolute best for a beginner and will teach you what you need in order to get you started.
I did not give 1 star to the book because I have written two books and I know the effort that sacrifice that goes into writing one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but useful
I had done some programming 20+ years ago and wanted an introduction to VBScript.The idea of a review of current programming practice seemed like a good idea, too.There were some interesting errors in the code in a few lessons, as I found.They provided practice in debugging, for what that was worth.The lessons are pretty clear and I found some interesting ways of modifying the scripts as given.It worked for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Without question, the best book for practical application of vbscript!
This book is chok full of learning projects that solidify the concepts presented.The cd that comes with the book includes an editor tool that has proved invaluable.I'm getting a second copy as mine has gone missing. ... Read more

10. Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript & JScript Bible
by William R. Stanek, James O'Neill, Jeffrey Rosen
Paperback: 912 Pages (2009-02-24)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$19.99
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Asin: 0470386800
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Packed with more than 300 sample scripts and an extensive collection of library functions, this essential scripting book is the most thorough guide to Windows scripting and PowerShell on the market. You’ll examine how Windows scripting is changing the face of system and network administration by giving everyday users, developers, and administrators the ability to automate repetitive tasks. Plus, this is the first time that VBScript, Jscript, and Powershell are all covered in a single resource. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars for content: one star for design
One needs to maintain perspective in using this book.

The actual content is excellent, definitely five-star content.

The design of the book is awful: some genius decided that black ink is passé and instead use about an 80% grey. Maybe this is trendy in some circles. But from this reader's perspective, it is a stupid decision. I keep thinking a light bulb has burned out or that my glasses need to be adjusted. Reading this book for more than a few minutes with this grey ink is torture. I am tempted to see if this difficult to read typography violates accessibility guidelines.

Why don't I just return the book and avoid Wiley products in the future?

Because the content is top-notch.

William R. Stanek is very well known for his books on Windows technology. He and his two co-authors don't fail us on this one.

This is very much a reference. If you don't know PowerShell, VBScript or Jscript, this is not he best teaching manual. The basics are covered, but if you don't already know a programming language, you're in trouble.

On the other hand, if you're a programmer and need a quick reference for PowerShell, VBScript and Jscript, this is the cat's meow. Each language is covered in surprising detail with lots of examples, the code for which may be downloaded. The writing style is always clear.

They cover nearly all the common bases; I/O, working with files, Windows scripting libraries and a dozen or so more.

True, there is nothing here that you couldn't find by hunting it down on the web . . . but it is here in one place and well-indexed.

Worth the money and worth the space on your Windows scripting bookshelf. But the gray ink may irritate you.


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11. Learn Microsoft VBScript In a Weekend
by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
Paperback: 350 Pages (2002-05-02)
list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$105.83
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Asin: 1931841705
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Now you can be on your way to becoming a VBScript guru in just one weekend! You'll begin on Friday with an introduction to VBScript and will learn how it compares to other languages within the Visual Basic programming family.On Saturday, you'll begin learning syntax, basic programming statements, and Web page tricks. On Sunday, you'll learn how VBScript works with the Windows Script Host and XML and the details of working with files and folders. Pull your new skills together Sunday evening as you learn how to automate Windows tasks. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Learn VB Script in a weekend.
Book is what was expected, although learning something in a weekend is a stretch for me...
Just what I needed for a good start.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete wate of money and TIME
I too found the book lacking in its explanations. In most cases it failed to breakdown the scripts adequately. It also failed to provide comprehensive examples.

For instance the SetTimeOut function was not adequately explained as to what its syntax is and how it functions.

When Frames were addressed the book provided three separate pages. How would a beginner know how to put all of the pages together to achieve their goal? The book should have shown what a script that includes frames looks like when it is complete.

I am sure there are other examples of what is lacking in this text but I will never know. I am moving on to another book that hopefully will provide me with strong basics I am missing with this book.

The only saving grace for me is I have a background in VB and VBA. Heaven help anyone who does not come to this book with previous VB knowledge.
This was written as if the author was trying to make a very tight deadline and shame on Premier Press for publishing it. The above favorable reviews must have been written by family and friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This book is for beginners.It is very well written and keeps your attention.I recommend it as a first book. For the guy that only gave it 1 star, who in their right mind would think they can pick up a 350 page book on vbscripts and think that they will be able to administer their network?That aside, i suggest everyone that is interested buy it. It's probably the only updated book on vbscripts that you will find and well worth the 25 or so bucks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it...
This is a good book. There are not many books in print that focus on VBScript and most of them seem to me to be written for hard core programmers. Learn VBScript in a Weekend goes a long way to filling the void of 'unwritten entry-level books' on VBScript.

It easy to understand and doesn't overwhelm you with technical mumbo-jumbo. Its probably not something a master programmer is looking for but for people new to VBScript and the WSH or for new programmers book I think that this book provides a great starting point.

It begins with a good introduction to VBScript. After that the author shows you how to use VBScript to help spice up your web pages. The last half of the book is dedicated to covering VBScript and the WSH. Here you'll learn how to do collect system information, work with the registry, write to event logs, create log files and reports, interact with users using popup dialogs and a lot more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers all the basics from A - Z
There are not very many up-to-date books that cover VBScript and most of them are aimed at experienced programmers. This book is perfect for first time programmers, future web developers and would-be system administrators. It assumes very little prior experience and takes you from A to Z in 7 easy to read chapters.

Don't expect to read the entire book in a single weekend if you plan to follow along and recreate all the example scritps for yourself. Still, if you want to learn how to work with VBScript this book will give you a big head start. I recommend that you read this book first and then move on to one of the more technical VBScripts books. ... Read more

12. Advanced VBScript for Microsoft Windows Administrators (Pro Other)
by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks
 Paperback: 560 Pages (2006-01-25)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$43.74
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Get the in-depth guidance you need to take your Windows scripting skills to the next level. Enterprise-level Windows administrators who have experience with Windows scripting will learn advanced VBScript techniques, including Active Directory® Service Interfaces (ADSI) and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripting, security scripting, building hypertext applications for script graphical interfaces, remote scripting, database scripting, and scripting for Group Policy. You will continue to build your skills by creating scripts to work with Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server™, Microsoft Operations Manager, and Microsoft Virtual Server. Coverage also includes the latest scripting updates for Windows XP and Windows Server™ 2003. Each chapter highlights powerful, ready-to-run, enterprise-level scripts, and the companion CD-ROM includes sample scripts and utilities to help you put your advanced scripting skills to work right away. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book for network administrators.
This book is a great resource for managing my 13 plus Windows servers and 100 plus workstations. The book is in excellent condition and delivered very quickly. The seller deserves 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for WMI, ASDI, HTA, and Ideas
I have just recently started WMI and ADSI. I am a "top down" learner, get the hard stuff, then the simple stuff. This book is perfect for server '03 and windows system Admins. it is not a "solve every problem" I dont think it even solves most problems, but it does have tools and information that WILL make you a better windows administrator. If your just getting into scripting for windows, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a resource that you can read through and use as a reference, to learn better ways to script your windows administrative tasks, this is the book for you. the CD has great examples and tools, along with a PDF of the book. the book is laid out very well, with specific projects, which is perfect for using this book as a reference. I read it straight through and was able to use parts of it almost every day. all of the information in this book is available at the scripting center, this book just has gotten the really good stuff for Admins, and laid it out perfectly. This book has helped me to write programs that sometimes save me hours of repetitive tasks. Example: manually removing a network virus from computers when I know all the information, but the scanner does not. I am quite happy with this book, and would reccomend it only to people with a light background in programming, and anyone that maintains a '03/XP network.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this one!
Absolutely excellent!! Very technical and to-the-point, so this book might not be for the absolute beginner. But for the more experienced Windows systems administrator, this book is an absolute goldmine! Also, in my view, it balances perfectly between being a reference volume and a textbook; I've started from page 1, and will go throu the whole book (and I enjoy every minute of it..). But still, this book will be seen next to my desk, within reach whenever I need to look up something...

With the book comes a CD with the whole book in searchable PDF-format. And I would like to thank Microsoft Press for doing that! I have put the PDF on my PDA, and can access its wisdom wherever I go! Great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the Exchange section alone
I picked this up after noticing it in a book shop (sorry Amazon!).I'm an Exchange administrator and this book gave me some great scripting tips for managing and monitoring my environment.I haven't gone much beyond that since, to my regret, but the concept of packaging scripts was news to me, and I would love to find the time to try out some of the other more elaborate techniques in there.But of course, I am an Exchange Administrator ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars As good as they say
This is an excellent follow on book to "Microsoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide," ISBN: 0735618674, which was my previous bible. I had long ago advanced past much of what is written in that excellent foundation book for VBScript, and this advanced volume really fills in the gaps. After purchasing numerous VB and VBA references that are nothing more than syntax libraries, I feel I finally have the big picture on the capabilities of this technology with this book. It is all clear.

Combined with the Windows Internals book, I don't think there is anything I couldn't do now that I had wanted to do with this technology previously. The chapters on scripting database connections and HTAs are worth the price alone. If you do any serious scripting work, this book is the true capstone. And who else could publish such a book than the horse's mouth itself? ... Read more

13. Vbscript Interactive Course
by Noel Jerke, Michael Hatmaker, Jonny Anderson
 Paperback: 800 Pages (1997-02-01)
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Asin: 1571690468
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This interactive course has revolutionized education by combining online mentors, peer-to-peer discussion via "Chill Zone," and hands-on learning. It is the only source readers will need to master Visual Basic Scripting.

  • Online mentor available to answer specific Visual Basic Scripting questions
  • Students can interact with each other via "Chill Zone" in a chat room like atmosphere
  • CD-ROM includes all examples from the book, full source code, and more!
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book was definitely worth purchasing
This book was very good for both beginners andintermediates.I had already been doing some html coding so the book started a little slowly - the chapters in the beginning dealing with the WWW and HTML were very basic.With chapter three the authors went into a brief description of differences between VBScript and Visual Basic.After that they launched into the meat of VBScript.They did a fine job of walking the reader through each step.Each section of each chapter had review questions with the correct answers available at the back of the book.

This book was definitely worth purchasing and it will remain on my shelf (I won't lend it out so don't ask) as reference material. ... Read more

14. Vbscript Unleashed
by Bill Schongar, Paul Lagasse, Craig Eddy, Keith Brophy, Owen Graupman, Brian Johnson, Timothy Koets, Evangelos Petroutsos
Paperback: 696 Pages (1996-12-01)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$1.44
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Asin: 1575211246
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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It emphasizes the new Visual Basic derivative language, Visual Basic Script, and the easy path it provides to developing Internet applications. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars VBScript well EXPLAINED!
With all the other reviews I was apprehensive in buying the book. I bought the book anyway, just like any other computer programming references you would get ideas and techniques here that other books do not offer. A definite must have if you want to improve your skill in SCRIPTING!

4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for!
I wanted a good primer and reference guide to VBScript - this book was both.There are a few typos here and there, but I think it's a great book and have gotten a lot of use out of it.This was the second book I havebought from the "Unleashed" series and I just bought a third!

1-0 out of 5 stars Find a different VBScript Book!
This book has so many errors and inaccurate statements that it would definitely place a newcomer to VBScript (which it was obviously written for and by) on the WRONG track.I purchased this book as an aide to preparefor a class I was teaching, and I wasted my money.Do not buy this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Very little info on actual VBScript
The book only actually has a few chapters on VBScript, of which most aresimple reference guides to the language. There is not enough detail on howto actually use the language.My problems with the book:Onlya fraction of the language is covered, and what is mentioned has manyerrors.The chapter on the scripting object model incorrectlydescribes how to work with frames. I try to write code using the examplesand get nothing but errors. The sample scripts provided work but havebad programming style. The book proceeds to explain ActiveX ingreat detail, but I bought the book for VBSCript, and was very disappointedthat there was only a couple chapters of use to me. ... Read more

15. Teach Yourself Vbscript in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself)
by Keith Brophy, Timothy Koets
Paperback: 550 Pages (1996-07-01)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$63.59
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Asin: 1575211203
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The text emphasizes the new Visual Basic derivative language, Visual Basic Script, and the easy path it provides to developing Internet applications. The CD-ROM contains all the source code from the book, as well as examples and third party software to aid in the development of web pages. ... Read more

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This book is not worth buying or reading for free. I doesn't have complete VBscript content (such as the replace function for strings), and what it does have is very difficult to read and understand.It doesn't do a goodjob of providing syntax, and that is what we need to quickly look up theusage of a command we alreadymay be aware of.I wish I could return thebook, and get my money back.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not good for a pure beginner
This book does a decent job of describing stuff. On the other hand, this book does not really describe (in detail) the hands on experience you need and does not bode well with real world programming practices.

5-0 out of 5 stars VBScript in 21 Days: A Killer!
"Teach Yourself VBScript in 21 Days" is a killer book.I have never programmed with server-side scripting or client-side scripting of any nature.I had taken VB 4 the previous semester at a local community college. I read this book for an educational institution as core and I never came to class, but I STILL learned VBS just by reading and examples!I highly recommend this book for introductory VB classes as well.Not appropraite for intermediate and advanced VB curricula. In fact, even hating the C interface, this book gave me enough scripting confidence to learn JavaScript and even attempt to taken server-side Perl!Currently I am working on full-blown Java applets, JavaBeans and ActiveX with VB...All this while absolutely HATING C programming. Timothy Koets is also currently my VB 5 professor; this booked prompted my undertaking of the class.I encourage other Scripting Professors and other institutions of higher learning to imlement this book in their curricula. A definite 10 from an experienced HTML programmer!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for starters!!!
This is a fun book for all who want to learn VBScript.Advanced users may find it elementary, but for people who are just learning how to build websites and want to take their sites to the next level by usingActiveX and Scripting, this is the book for them.It says 21 days...I completed it in 15,and had never programed before.The only downside is that it covers only VBScript 1.0, (it was written when the beta of IE3.0 was first released) and now Microsoft has released VBScript 2.0.It's easy to take the knowledge from this book then move to Microsoft's documentation to learn the new version. Try this book, I really think you'll enjoy it!! ... Read more

16. Vbscript for Dummies
by John Walkenbach
 Paperback: 382 Pages (1996-12-07)
list price: US$24.99
Isbn: 0764500309
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If you're used to the bells andwhistles that make CD-ROM multimedia titles so exciting, you mayfind plain 'ol HTML Web pages limiting. Luckily, you can overcomethese limitations by using Microsoft's VBScript programming languageto spice up the interactivity and functionality of the Web pagesyou create. VBScript For Dummies puts the power of thisprogramming language in your hands -- even if you've never programmedbefore. With best-selling author John Walkenbach to guide you,you discover how to embed VBScript programs into your HTML pages,exploit Microsoft Internet Explorer's object-oriented features,orchestrate multiple frames, and make use of ActiveX controls.Plus, on the book's accompanying bonus disk, you get all the examplespresented in the book -- ready for you to experiment with andadapt for your own use. ... Read more

17. VBScript for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guide)
by Paul Thurrott
Paperback: 142 Pages (1997-10)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$82.16
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Asin: 0201688921
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For the thousands of Web enthusiasts who got their feet wet with the simple tagging language of HTML, VBScript is the next step. VBScript (also known as Visual Basic Script) is a simple scripting language designed to make HTML more powerful and interactive. With VBScript you can link and automate a wide variety of objects in Web pages, including ActiveX Controls and Java "applets." While other VBScript books are intended for experienced programmers, this one is for the vast majority of HTML coders who are less technically sophisticated but still would like a useful introduction and handy reference. At the same time, this book will be useful as a quick reference for the many Visual Basic programmers out there that Microsoft is pushing to use VBScript as the Web scripting language the already know. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book- allows users to get quick grasp on VBScript
This book was great-- from the very beginning you are writing scripts and learning by example. Everything is very conversational and easy to understand, but without falling into the trap of seeming condescending to advanced users.

I'd recommend it to anyone trying to get up to speed on VBScript. (As an ASP developer, I find it invaluble.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book with a great Web site
This book is perfect for learning the easiest scripting language around and the wonderful companion Web site will keep you going long after you've finished reading.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too many errors in sample codes...
Visual Quickstart Guides are generally comprehensive and easy on the eyes. However, I found too many errors in the sample codes of Thurrott's book to warrant anything above 2 stars!! Thank my lucky stars(!) that I am familiarwith VB5 and VBA to correct most of the code "on the spot" whiletrying out the samples. All in all, this could have been a good book, butfrom all the frustrations in correcting the errors, I suggest that no onebuys this book until the author uses a spell checker and/or at least goesthrough the book a second time to debug his own sample codes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quick access to good info, but, several annoying mistakes
The format of the book is good. It allows quick access to vital information. It also shows key/new areas color coded in red. I knew nothing about VBScript before reading this book. Now I feel I can write basicscripts without problems. The book also did a good job by not spending toomuch time on unnecessary introductory topics, like operators, etc.

Thedrawback of this book is the multitude of typos and some mistakes regardingMicrosoft's Document Object Model. I found it frustrating to try someexamples and not having them work. However, I learned a lot from fixing theexamples.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple is a virtue
If you're a programmer and just want to know what are the basics of html and vbscript?This is the book to read.It's simple and concise.I really enjoyed it. [It] is a bargain. ... Read more

18. WSH and VBScript Core: TFM
by Jeffery Hicks
Paperback: 724 Pages (2007-07-01)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$39.69
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Asin: 0977659747
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's the manual Microsoft should have written! A complete reference to theVBScript and Windows Script Host language - for the Windows administrator.Far more than a mere syntax reference, WSH and VBScript CORE:TFM provides you with detailed administrative script examples for eachfunction, statement, keyword, object, property, method and more. If a functioncan be used in three different ways, you'll find three different and completeexamples. No more guessing about what the docs mean and no more huntingaround on the Web trying to find the exact example you need. You'll neveragain wander through examples meant for developers because this book waswritten entirely and specifically for Windows administrators!WSH and VBScript CORE: TFM is the last VBScript and WindowsScript Host reference you'll need, because it's accurate, complete, anddesigned especially for Windows administrative scripting. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book you can get
This is one of the best few technical books I've ever came across.
One of the challenges for any technical book is how one should present the material so learning will be the most effective.
This book goes through major aspects of VBS as a language: Functions, Statement, Language, Objects, etr.
If you are programmer - you will be right at home with this structure.
The marvel of this book is that each small chapter is presented with real life easy grasping example. Not only examples are easy, but they address 100% practical matters.
For instance: I had to write a program which would remove older files recursively from folder using filter conditions.
Book had similar examples on how to traverse files, process their extensions, names, creation dates, size, not in one example. But you could pick up techniques used.
Author DOES know and programs VBScript and shares his wisdom in easy understandable way.
I was able to create few not so simple programs within 3 - 4 hours of reading this book.

Having so many books around on this subject, the fact I found this book was a deciding factor of me being able to program (albeit very slow) with vbscript.
Thank you Jeffery!

4-0 out of 5 stars WSH and VB Script Core
I agree that this is the book that Microsoft should have written. Prior to locating Jeff Hicks book, my only source of information (note I didn't say worthwhile!) was Google and the MSDN website. Both left a lot to be desired as the information was largely Web-centric and oriented to browser functionality and ASP in particular.

If I would gig this book for anything it would be the fact that it lacks a comprehensive index. Another nice to have would have been a short chapter describing program structure, discussing variables a bit, etc.

Other than that, I can highly recommend this book if you are looking for information on using VB script as a more robust replacement for those old DOS Batch programs. The minor nits above are what kept it from getting a solid 5.
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19. Microsoft VBScript Professional Projects
by Jr., Jerry Lee Ford
Paperback: 960 Pages (2003-08-07)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$137.03
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Asin: 1592000568
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Microsoft's VBScript, a simplified version of VisualBasic, is a powerful, easy-to-learn tool that can add interaction toWeb pages. VBScript Professional Projects distinguishes itself fromthe competition by being the only book to offer a project-basedapproach for higher-end users and to provide coverage of VBScript'sapplicability to both Web and WSH scripting. It is the ideal guide forVBA and Visual Basic programmers who wish to expand their programmingcapabilities using a scripting language. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the Rough
There just are not that many really good VBScript books out there. And there are even fewer well written VBScript books that target power users, system admins and advanced readers. Well, this book is one of them. It provides a quick review of VBScript (for those that need a primer or a quick overview) and then procedes to demonstrate how to use VBScript to tackle several different projects. This approach provides a great balance between theory and practical hands-on application. ... Read more

20. Web Developer's Guide to JavaScript & VBScript: Your Complete Guide to Creating Live, Interactive Online Applications
by Peter G. Aitken
 Paperback: 416 Pages (1996-06-28)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$39.99
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Asin: 1883577977
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Goes beyond Web publishing to true Web development for novices and experts alike. Gives the essentials of JavaScript, the industry standard Web scripting language, written by an experienced author and programmer. Provides an interesting and effective learning experience, with hands-on, personal teachings. Teaches the basics of VBScript for incorporating VBScript into HTML, and working with VBScript mini-programs. Shows how to create full-featured, interactive, user-friendly Web pages. Includes important information for Webmasters as well as content developers. ... Read more

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