PowerShell Conference Europe is just around the corner. Slides are ready, demos work as expected, repos are hot from pushed commits. Or something along these lines… This year I’m going to join this great event again. With the same role as last year – as one of the people that will present about various topics. But presenting is only tiny part of the whole picture. After all – I’m free to join other sessions too! And with multiple tracks available to all attendees and speakers it’s not really an easy choice to make. I decided to blog about few sessions I’m planning to see, and few that I will miss… for reasons that are obvious to anybody who ever attended any conference in a role of a speaker.
Time flies when you are having fun! I’m am sure having fun these days. Another year started and so did preparations for PowerShell Conference EU. We are going to re-visit Hannover and I must say I’m already counting down days. Last year’s conference was a total blast. It all started with big BANG and even though later there were some small issues, it was awesome. The only problem organizers will face this year is to leave up to the expectations. And the bar is high, so it will not be easy to jump over it…
Same as last year I have sessions scheduled, but this year I have three of them.
Today a very short post about a concern that I would like to share. It all started at work, when our internal module went up to something like 12 seconds to load. And you my ask yourself: what is the big deal here? Well picture this:
Boss stands behind you and asks you: hey, do we have any JIRA tickets about this change you did last week? Can you find them for me?
Not expecting any issues, you type PowerShell command that should let you perform a quick JIRA search in CLI, proud of your own creation and simplicity of it. You type in the command name, a parameter that allows you to specify J<TAB>QL and… you wait…
It’s been a while since I had an opportunity to stand in front of the audience and present about PowerShell. The last time I did was in May this year, when I took part in PowerShell Conference EU. Not long ago I did present for Polish audience, but that was a remote session. Main difference is obviously the fact, that presenting to people you see in front of you makes it more two-way communication than a one-way monologue that remote session usually end up being. And even though I got some awesome questions during this presentation, it’s also easier to interact with presenter/ audience when you still get to talk to each other after you are done presenting – some of the most interesting and involved questions are the questions asked after the session.
Last year I took part in PowerShell Community Konferenz that took place in Essen/ Ruhr and was total blast. The only issue I had with last year event was the fact that my German is… as good as my Dutch. So unless German session was full of demos and code – I was not able to follow it. Fortunately, most of the sessions were actually of the kind I could follow even if they were presented in languages I hadn’t heard in my life. I can read code, even if variables may seem obfuscated. Apart from that there was very nice line-up of people who presented in English, including super-stars of my PowerShell world like Aleksandar Nikolić or Bruce Payette.
I’m a PowerShell geek. And I fancy one-liners (a lot). When I participated in the Scripting Games in 2011 I did try to solve any advanced problem with one-liner and once that was complete, I would start investing time in making it a proper function/module. That’s why whenever I see PowerShell golf contest popping up somewhere I’m always up for the game. I usually don’t win these but sole process involved in making something as short as possible (it also becomes cryptic, but that’s just a side effect) is well worth it.
When I started my first real job in IT (almost 15 years ago) it felt a bit odd. At that time I was spending most of my time on Linux, yet my work required mainly Windows skills. My work colleague knew my background so I got task that supposed to be “gateway drug” to get me back on Windows side: updating backup script that was written in batch. Pure batch: I was not allowed to install any of the *nix tool’s ports to aid me in this project. And there were few significant requirements, and new one arrived every now and than.