Making the Most of the 2011 Scripting Games

Making the Most of the 2011 Scripting Games

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Summary: Learn Windows PowerShell by participating in the 2011 Scripting Games.

Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. I have actually heard a few people who said they were not interested in the 2011 Scripting Games. They said they did not have time to write a bunch of scripts, nor did they have a lot of time for foolish games. That is cool. We are really laid back at the Script Center.

I would like to offer a few ideas for your consideration.

Even though they are called Scripting Games, the concepts and the tasks themselves are serious. Most of the events directly parallel things you would run into during the normal day-to-day course of your job or your daily activities. The 2011 Scripting Games Study guide, and the 2010 Scripting Games Study Guide are excellent resources to guide you in learning about Windows PowerShell scripting from a wide variety of task-oriented scripts.

There are more to the 2011 Scripting Games than just the 10 beginner and 10 advanced events. There is the opportunity to learn scripting from nearly 50 scripting experts (judges and commentators) who represent some of the world’s leading Windows PowerShell experts. The judges share their expertise in their evaluation of the submitted scripts, and the commentators share their expertise via the scripts and articles they write. In addition, I will be writing a post games wrap up in which I will comment on some of the things (both good and bad) that I see during each of the events.

To maximize learning, one should read the articles that are mentioned in the study guides, write a solution for the event, and submit it for grading by the judges. Next, you should read the Scripting Wife’s article about the event, and see what insight’s you can gain from her experience with the event. You should then review other scripts that were submitted for the event and see the grades and comments granted to those scripts. Next, you should read the expert commentators article and examine the expert’s code. Finally, you would read the wrap up for the event. Now let us summarize the steps:

  • Review the study guides
  • Read the scenario and develop a solution
  • Review graded script
  • Peruse other scripts submitted for the event and compare your submission
  • Read and study expert commentary and script
  • Read event wrap up

That is six different activities related to one event. In addition, next week I begin a series of five hour-long Script Week interactive Live Meetings in the “Road to TechEd” series. You should sign up for those meetings to reserve your place. It will be awesome training. I have also developed a Windows PowerShell quiz that will be going live next week. Take the quiz, and if you miss a question, go to the study link and review the material until you understand the concepts. If you do not do very well on the quiz, you should sign up to compete in the Beginner event category. If you “ace” the thing, you are definitely an advanced scripter, and you would enjoy the challenges of the Advanced category events.

The Windows PowerShell 2011 Scripting Games are the biggest scripting games ever, and you will not want to miss out on a single event. In addition, there are tons of tips and tricks about Windows PowerShell that are being sent out on Twitter. I have already tweeted information that is key to solving some of the games. Not everything will fit in 140 characters, but many of the answers to this year’s games do fit in that small of a space. Twitter and Windows PowerShell go together…they are both compact and they have a significant impact. I hope to see you Monday at the first Script Week Live Meeting.

I would love for you to follow me on Twitter or Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at scripter@microsoft.com or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.

Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy

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  • Great article. And I must say that this is exactly how I took most of SG 2010. Hope to do the same this year... :> And as Jeffrey Snover said once (one of my favorite PowerShell - related quotes): Fun is very important. You should never underestimate value of fun! ;)

  • @Bartek thanks for that comment. You are right, fun is important; Windows PowerShell is fun.