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I have been waiting to write this until after I had put a little of my new knowledge to use in the 2012 Scripting Games. Basically here is what I am taking away from this and my recommendations for anyone that is straddling the fence on whether to pick up PowerShell or not.
As I stated in my opening post I do not have a background in any scripting or programming language. And I, like most of my cohorts, have never read through an entire IT book from cover to cover. Its always browse, find an answer, and move on. But this was easy. I will admit that I did struggle a little on some of the more advanced lessons, but was still able to get through them in under an hour for the most part.
I have learned how to read a PowerShell script and understand (for the most part) exactly what it is going to do, how to find the information I am looking for with minimal effort, write my own basic commands and scripts to automate a lot of my mundane repetitive tasks, and I am even looking into a lot more advanced scripts now. For example, I wrote comment based help into one of my scripts in the Scripting Games (upon being pushed by Don, from his blog post, to do so). I even wrote a more advanced script for work that uses not only PowerShell cmdlets but also WMI and .NET to pull information from network computers, Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP (I had some help on this one).
Dons method of teaching keeps you interested, engaged, and even entertained. That being said my only issue with the entire book is that if you are coming from no scripting or programming background, as I was, be prepared to spend a little more time on it than someone who does have it. Even then, if I can do this while juggling my job, wife, 3yr old little girl, 4wk old baby, and coming down with a severe flu in the middle of it, then anyone can do it.
All in all this has been a very, very positive experience. Learning PowerShell is not a requirement, YET, but everything is heading in that direction. As my new favorite quote says, "If your sole value-add to your organization is your ability to click Next, Next, Finish in a GUI wizard, then you might ask yourself why your company is employing a Button Monkey", Don Jones.
So just learn it, and what better way than in a "Month of Lunches".
Apr 06 2012, 04:47 PM