PowerShell Pop Quiz

I’m always looking for ways to help teach PowerShell and the other day I thought why not have PowerShell teach you itself? I have created a PowerShell script that dynamically generates a quiz on cmdlets and functions installed on your computer. In short the quiz question shows you a command synopsis and then presents a menu of possible answers. You select the answer. Given the verb-noun pattern of command names this *should* be easy, but you might be surprised.

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Your First Day with PowerShell

I’m happy to let everyone know that my latest Pluralsight course is now available. “Your First Day with PowerShell” is a short course targeted at the absolute PowerShell beginner.

Your First Day with PowerShell Objectives

I wanted to be there as it were as you started your very first day learning and using PowerShell. My goal was to be with you virtually, and guide you through how you should spend your first hours with PowerShell. If you’ve decided to set out on the journey, I wanted to make sure you head off in the right direction and not on your own. You can check out a short overview clip here.

Clearly, you aren’t going to learn PowerShell in 90 minutes and you should watch this course in conjunction with some of the other PowerShell fundamentals courses. For those of you who have already watched the course, thank you. I’ve received plenty of nice comments.

Now I’d better get back to work on the next one!

This Year is for You

jdh-powershellIf you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you probably have a pretty good idea of what kind of guy I am, the things I am interested in and what matters to me. I’m assuming you’ve seen me at a conference, read one of my books or articles, or follow me on Twitter. In thinking about the new year I’ve decided to “double down” for 2016 and bet on you.

I have always taken an interest in the career and daily job duties of today’s IT Pro. I have always wanted to help you find ways to do your job better, more efficiently and hopefully with a bit more fun.  For Windows professionals this has meant learning more and more about technologies like PowerShell and concepts like DevOps. Even if the company you are at now has yet to embrace these tools, or recognize their value,  that’s not to say your next job won’t.

I can appreciate that learning the fundamentals for these tools can be difficult. And even after you have a basic understanding, how can you use them to make your job better? That’s what 2016 is all about for me.

I plan on continuing to write content for Petri.com with an emphasis on a lot of new beginner content.  I will also be looking for additional outlets, so if you are a vendor looking to sponsor some content, or develop material that would benefit my community, I’d love to talk to you.

I intend to continue creating training material for Pluralsight. This has been a terrific company to work with and offer a growing catalog of learning resources that I know will help you out. Expect to see new PowerShell-related content from me.

Finally, I intend to get as much face time with all of you as I can. In some cases, it might be virtual.  I plan on presenting at several conferences this year. Right now I am booked for Techmentor in Las Vegas this March and the PowerShell Summit in April. For my Swedish friends I am scheduled to present a Masterclass on PowerShell v5 also in April.

I also hope to present to a number of PowerShell user groups. I have been talking with several groups already and will share more as things firm up.  I’m happy to present virtually, but of course would love to do in-person presentations. The drawback is that I don’t have an enormous travel budget being self-employed.  But, there are potential solutions. I’m not looking to make a profit from these types of appearance, just enough to offset my travel expenses.  I know some groups have budgets for this sort of thing. If you don’t, another possibility is to schedule some type of paid workshop ahead of your user group meeting. Ideally, enough people would attend the workshop to help offset travel expenses. If you are interested, and this also includes those of you who run SQL Saturday events, where I’d love to present, drop me a line.  I have some other ideas on this travel expense challenge that I am working on.

In short, this year I want to make about you. I want to help you learn how to do your job better, more efficiently and amaze your boss and co-workers.  I want to be practical and real-world as much as I can. And I want us to have fun.

Are you ready to get started?!

Mastery Mystery

More to come…

Veeam Whiteboard and PowerShell

talkbubbleI’ll be live next week talking about PowerShell principles and concepts as part of the Veeam Whiteboard series. Should be a lot of fun.  I hope you’ll catch it live or on demand. You can learn more and register for free at http://www.veeam.com/veeamlive/powershell-paradigm-principles-practice.html