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I've been tackling the Powershell Challenge for a little over a month now,


Ok, so let me ask...

1. Is the book any good?
2. Is it any good WRT SQL Server/DBA tasks?

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First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
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Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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Jeff Moden (1/4/2014)
I've been tackling the Powershell Challenge for a little over a month now,


Ok, so let me ask...

1. Is the book any good?
2. Is it any good WRT SQL Server/DBA tasks?


I am definitely interested in question 1. as I am very rusty so cannot do all the things I could off the top of my head. On top of that I cut my teeth on PowerShell 1.0 and so much has changed since.

As an aside, I am looking into refreshing some of my development skills this year. My strategy is to pick a single technology and stick with it as far as I can go without introducing another technology I need to refresh on i.e. keep focus!!!

Gaz

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The book is interesting, but I'll have to save comments for after I finish. I will note that this isn't specific to SQL DBA stuff, and I wasn't intending for it to be. I wanted to learn the core Powershell functioning and then delve into more SQL specific stuff.

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Nice article Steve!

In my MCM prep I had to get pretty good at craving some time out for my studying. Problem is once I passed my test I stopped my personal development (brain was wasted). I need to get back into it and what better time than the first of the year.



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I happened to watch Sean McCown's Powershell for Beginners video over on Pragmatic Works this weekend. The video made a similar observation to Steve's comment in that Powershell provides a consistent way of interacting with things like Windows, SQL Server, Exchange, etc., and once you've learned the core concepts, branching out into other areas via snap-ins is pretty simple.

Learning Powershell is on my to-do list this year (I managed to get it configured to work with SS2005 this morning), so I for one would be interested in a review of this book down the road.

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I took a slightly different route. After a few basic HowTo exercises from the Web I worked my way through "Windows PowerShell in Action" and found it very enjoyable. Of course I do not remember everything (far from it!) but it was a great way to get a general feel for the language and some idea of why things are the way they are. I still use it as my main reference book.

I am currently reading "PowerShell Toolmaking in a month of lunches", mostly in the weekends. It provides a refreshing perspective on scripting and I have picked up a lot of useful things - not so much syntax but ways to organise my scripts. I don't care for the "lunches" thing at all though; for me an hour here and there does not work because it wastes too much time getting back to where I left off and anyway I need more than an hour in one go to properly experiment with a new idea.

I believe the topics you need to study depend somewhat on the job you're doing. For example I am not a domain admin and so far I have not needed to use remoting at all. But I often need to write scripts to automate scheduled interaction with Active Directory, SQL Server and the file system, and I am fanatic about logging script progress and capturing all errors. Compared to CMD scripting PowerShell wins hands down.
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