Have regular expressions always seemed too arcane to delve into? If so, you’ll want to delve into the January column from The Microsoft Scripting Guys, which makes understanding regular expressions lots easier. The Guys poke at Microsoft Bob a bit, then go on to show you how you can use regular expressions to avoid mistakes. By using these techniques in your scripts, you can make sure data entries follow the required pattern to meet validation criteria.

If regular expressions are completely new to you, you might want to start with The Scripting Guys’ webcast String Theory for System Administrators: An Introduction to Regular Expressions.image

Finally, how well do you know your Windows PowerShell cmdlets?

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Dr. Scripto's Scripting Perplexer!