For awhile now I’ve been working on a PowerShell project that I use every day. I am always in a PowerShell prompt and because I always seem to have little things like phone calls or family events that I need to keep track of, I wrote a “tickler” system. The events are stored in a SQL database any my PowerShell commands query for upcoming events. My module has commands for setting up the database, querying commands and modifying data. All the SQL stuff is done without using the SQL PowerShell module because I didn’t want to take a dependency on it and I want to write something that will work cross-platform. I wasn’t sure if the SQL cmdlets would be 100% compatible, plus my needs were simple so I found it easier to write my own query function. Today, I decided to launch a semi-public beta and share it with you.
Recently I posted a PowerShell tool for creating a GitHub repository. In continuing my exploration of the GitHub API I wrote another PowerShell tool to create a GitHub gist. A gist is simple way to store and share snippets or code samples. I use them to share simple PowerShell scripts or other works that aren’t full blown multi-file modules. Now I can create these gists directly from PowerShell and the PowerShell ISE.
I’ve been continuing to work with the GitHub API in PowerShell. Today I have a function you can use to create a new GitHub repository. Of course you will need to have a GitHub account and another piece of critical information, but after that it is quite easy to create new repositories. This makes it easier for you to automate provisioning new projects, which is something else I’m working on. But for now, let’s create some repos!
I’ve been in IT for a long time. It has been exciting to see how the industry has changed and how it as adapted to new technologies. Even so, I appreciate situations where sometimes the “old ways” are still the best ways. For example, we no longer really need the ancient lmhosts file to help resolve NETBIOS names to IP addresses. However, there may be a few cases where lmhosts solves a problem and then wouldn’t it be nice to manage it with PowerShell?
I don’t know about you but I always have a PowerShell session open and find it easier to manage my day right from a prompt. I find ways to use PowerShell whenever I can. Recently I started a project to help me manage my work and of course I created it in PowerShell. I had been keeping daily to-do lists on paper with little tasks or reminders. I work from home and don’t have an assistant or anything so I am responsible for my own schedule. Sometimes I need a little help remembering what to work on next or what’s upcoming. so I created a PowerShell module called MyTasks.