Good day! Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. Monday, Monday is so good to me. So the song says. Exactly one week until the 2010 Scripting Games kick off. WOOHOO! Am I psyched or what? Everything is in readiness as Craig has been burning the midnight oil to get all the pages ready for the Games. I am in my office working on some Windows PowerShell scripts to automate Microsoft PowerPoint because right after the 2010 Scripting Games, I am planning a series of articles on Microsoft PowerPoint. I have received several e-mail messages and seen quite a few tweets asking about using Windows PowerShell to automate Microsoft PowerPoint, and I thought it would be fun to do. I was just about to run my first attempt at the first script when in walked the Scripting Wife.
“Good morning, Old Bear. You know what?” she asked.
“What, my dear?” I replied thinking that Old Bear is better than being called Script Monkey.
“If you expect me to compete in the 2010 Scripting Games, don’t you think I better get registered. I mean what if the games fill up, and I cannot participate? I would hate to have done all this studying for nothing,” she stated.
“Well, first of all, the 2010 Scripting Games are not going to fill up, no matter how many people register, because Craig and I did not set quotas on the number of entrants. Second of all, no studying is ever wasted. You are learning a valuable skill,” I said.
“So are you gonna make me an administrator on our network?” she shot back while bouncing up and down like a cheerleader.
“No, I am not going to make you an administrator. You do not need to be an administrator,” I said.
“I am actually kind of busy right now working on this script. But you can go ahead and get yourself registered. First, you need to create yourself a Windows Live ID, and then you need to go over to PoshCode to register. It is pretty straightforward, but if you get stuck, let me know,” I replied helpfully.
“It’s really straightforward, it’s really straightforward,” she mocked sounding a bit like a munchkin from the Wizard of Oz.
“Okay,” she continued. “Let’s see, he said I need to get a Windows Live ID. How am I going to find that? Oh, I know, I will use Bing and search for Windows Live ID,” she said to herself.
“There it is. It was the first hit too. Nice.”
“Okay, I click Sign up, fill out a few questions, and that is done. Now what? Oh yeah, he said I need to go to PoshCode and register. But how am I going to do that? I know, I will use the link from the 2010 Scripting Games All in One page on the Script Center.”
“Okay, I am on PoshCode. What do I do now? I think I will click the Create Your Profile button.”
“Now what? I guess I need to sign in with my Windows Live ID. So I will click Sign In.”
“Well, I guess it worked. I will type my credentials I used when I created my Windows Live ID and see what happens.”
“Edit Profile? Okay. I guess. Display name? Well, I guess that will be ScriptingWife. Not sure about having a space in it, so I will just leave it out. I remember the Scripting Guy upstairs always whining about spaces in things. Some guru: He can’t even handle a little space. This no problem at all.”
“Well, alrighty then. I’ve saved my profile. Now what? Looks like I am back at the PoshCode.org home page. Did I miss something? I don’t want to bother the Scripting Guy when he is writing a script. He just acts like he is listening when he really is not. Oh, wait. There it is in the upper right corner, it says ScriptingWife. Cool I did it.”
“Oh, yeah! I am signed up for the Scripting Games. He was right. It is rather straightforward. Of course, I’m not going to let him hear me say that he is right. I would never hear the end of it. Now I am going to get back to studying Windows PowerShell.”
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Ed Wilson and Craig Liebendorfer, Scripting Guys