Weekend Scripter: Hurrah for Curah

Summary: Teresa Wilson (aka Scripting Wife) talks about how Microsoft Curah solved her search issue.

Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Windows PowerShell MVP, Teresa Wilson is back with us today to share information about Curah.

One of the problems with trying to find technical information is…well…trying to find it in the first place. It seems that I can spend hours trying to find just the right article to solve an issue. Search engines are helpful at times, but if I do not know the right thing to search for, I am doomed. Going to a specific page, or set of pages, such as TechNet or MSDN, is OK—but there are so many pages, and many times they have conflicting information (depending on what version I need help with). This leaves me still stuck and working my way through tons of material.

Luckily, there is a new tool that can solve many of these issues. The tool is Curah, and it is way cool. The idea is that people choose the best sources of content about a given subject and share it via a content curation. Curated content is nice because it is selected from among the hundreds of thousands of items that a typical Bing search returns. Because the people making the curations are experts in their field, I can have confidence that this is what I really need.

I am not in favor of reinventing the wheel. Therefore, this will not be a very long post. But hopefully, it will provide you with a lot of useful information.

Basically, Curah is a place for you to create your own site of useful websites and resources for others to view. You can add your own notes and descriptions. I think of it is a notebook that you can share.

Microsoft has a website called Curah. You can go to a Curah page and search for existing pages or you can create your own Curah. Here is the description of Curah from TechNet: What is Curah!, and how do I get started? Pop on over to the Curah FAQ and take a look, if you still have questions, you can post them on the Forum.

The really cool thing is that there are a lot of Windows PowerShell resources highlighted on Curah. At this writing, there are 145 results for curated Windows PowerShell content. There is even a series of curations that were created by the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson.

So check out the curated content at the Microsoft Curah site. You will be glad you did.


Thanks, Scripting Wife! 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