Wow! I am finally home. I uploaded beginner event 10 for the 2011 Scripting Games, and now I will tell you my impressions. I will admit I am exhausted. The Scripting Guy and I were at the PowerShell Deep Dive in Las Vegas for the last several days, and it was really cool. But it was nearly too much fun. Every night we were up until the wee hours of the morning talking about Windows PowerShell with various Microsoft MVP’s, or members of the PowerShell team, or one of the 50 or so other delegates who attended this awesome conference.
I felt completely out of place – for about a minute – it took that long before I was invited to join in. Our conference began the night before when about a dozen of us sat around a giant fire on the outside patio of the hotel. The amazing thing is that I looked around and I knew everyone there. These people were all famous inside the PowerShell community. It was one big geek fest for the entire time I was there … the fact that I sort of fit in, makes me think I need to check my head for propellers – maybe some of it is starting to rub off on me.
Anyway, beginner event 10 was really fun. One of the things I did was go back and look at some of the Scripting Guys articles about measuring performance of a script. I began with a recent article that was related to event logs, but it had good information about measuring commands. In addition, there was a link in the article to several other Scripting Guy articles.
The next thing I did was review a Scripting Wife article about looping. I know, I am reviewing my own stuff … but hey, I cannot remember all of the things that the Scripting Guy tries to teach me. Next, I added a couple of variables and then I uploaded my script to the PoshCode site. Oh, by the way, don’t do like I did – I was soooooooo happy to complete the 2011 Scripting Games, that in my excitement I accidently uploaded it to the WRONG event. I feel really bad, because I was just careless, and also because now poor Joel will have to move it to the correct category. That part really makes me sad, because Joel has been an absolutely tireless supporter these past two weeks, and has worked some incredible hours (on top of his regular job) to keep things on an even keel. I can tell you what, we have had about twice as many people participating in the games as last year, and the site has behaved much better than last year … with hardly a bit of downtime. Joel – you are a champ, and I am sorry I caused you extra work by not paying attention when I uploaded my script.
One last but by no means least comment, I appreciate all the participants and judges that have indulged me and allowed me to be a part of the 2011 Scripting Games. I am not eligible for prizes but I was allowed to submit my entries and blog about my experience. I hope I helped encourage at least one person to attempt the games and to fall in love with the wonderful world of PowerShell. Have a scriptastic day!