Scripting Wife Signs Up for PowerShell Scripting Games

Scripting Wife Signs Up for PowerShell Scripting Games

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Summary: The Scripting Wife signs up for the Windows PowerShell 2011 Scripting Games.

The weather in Charlotte, North Carolina has been rather erratic this week. It has been warm and sunny, cold and rainy, and everything in between. The one thing it has not done—in fact it rarely does—is snow. But that is OK, because although the Scripting Wife and I enjoy snow, our neighbors have a tendency to get really weird when the white fluffy flakes begin to fall from the sky.

I am sitting on the front porch, reading over some of the email sent to the scripter@microsoft.com email alias, while I mentally prepare for the fourth in my series of PowerShell: Learn It Now Before It’s an Emergency Live Meetings. The front door opened and light flooded the porch, temporarily dazing me.

“You know what I need to do?” the Scripting Wife asked.

“Drink more tea,” I helpfully suggested.

“No silly. I need to sign up for the 2011 Scripting Games,” she said.

“No problem. The first thing to do is to go to the http://2011SG.PoshCode.org website.”

“OK, I am there,” she said as she turned the screen over so I could see. The landing page states it is a beta, but this is only because the Scripting Games do not start until April 4, 2011. The following image shows the PoshCode landing page.

Image of landing page

“Now you need to click on Log On. It is in the upper corner,” I said.

“OK,” she said. When she did, the page shown here appeared.

Image of logon page

“You need to select the type of authentication to use. For you, it will be easiest to use your Windows Live ID. This is the same ID you use to get to your Hotmail account and to manage your Sky Drive,” I said.

The Scripting Wife clicked the Windows Live icon and the Windows Live sign-in page appeared as shown here.

Image of sign-in page

“Now on the Edit Account Information page, make sure that you use the name you want to appear on your certificate of completion at the end of the games. Also make sure that you use your real email address, because that is the email address I use to let you know about prizes and the certificate,” I said.

“You said I can’t win any prizes,” she said with a pout.

“That is true. The rules clearly state that the Scripting Wife is not eligible,” I affirmed.

The Scripting Wife’s account page is shown here.

Image of account page

“That is it. It is all that is required to sign up. When you come back to contribute scripts, you will use the Contribute tab to upload the script. You can review the Scripts tab to view other submissions,” I said.

“Well that was simple. Now I am registered and everything?”

“Yep, that’s it. On Monday, you will go to the Hey Scripting Guy! Blog and see what the event entails. Then you will write your solution, log back on to PoshCode, and upload your contribution,” I said.

“Cool. Well I think if I am going to get into shape for the Scripting Games, I need to get a manicure at the very least. Probably a pedicure as well,” she stated.

“I see. I did not know you typed with your feet,” I began.

“Can it, Script Monkey!”

And with that she left the porch, headed into the house, and began calling her friends. From what I can tell, they are getting together for lunch and then heading to the nail salon. If you are curious as to whether the nail strategy helps the Scripting Wife with her entries, check back here when the games begin.

I invite you to follow me on Twitter and 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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  • The site's certificate is NOT valid: "Mismatched Address"

    Cert was created for differnt server.  "appharbor.com"

  • I'm not having much joy... "504 Gateway Time-out"

    Maybe scripting wife has taken umbrage to not being eligible for prizes!

    Not sure if I'm in or out yet.... As JV has mentioned... The problems seem to be with SSL / certs.

  • The Facebook auth always fails - well in Chrome and IE anyway. I managed to connect using my gmail account though.

  • @JV & moreski the problem is the way that XP handles Server Name Identification (SNI) certificates for TLS (instead of IP based SSL certificates). On Windows XP you will need to tell IE that the site is ok and bypass the SSL warning. There is nothing that is actually being secured anyway because you are not passing anything directly to PoshCode.

  • I keep getting "Sorry, an error occured while processing your request". This occurs with both Google and Windows Live IDs.

  • @ejh there was a small outage yesterday. The site is working great right now.

  • thank you