PowerShell Summit · North America 2013
Who Should Attend?
The PowerShell Summit is not designed as a "beginner-level" event.While we sometimes feel that numeric "level" designations aren't very descriptive or universally understood, we'd probably describe the Summit as a "400-level" conference.
It's our expectation that attendees have been using PowerShell for at least several months. They've not only run commands, but written entire scripts. They have probably written functions, and likely have written advanced functions and script modules. They're not afraid of using .NET classes directly from the shell, and they have a good understanding of basic programming concepts. It's likely they've programmed in other languages, such as Perl, Python, C#, Visual Basic, or even VBScript.
Our attendees have no problem reading a complex PowerShell command that uses aliases, positional parameters, and the funkiest of syntax. They understand how the pipeline works, and they can tell you exactly what "Get-Process | Stop-Process" will do - and, more importantly, why it will do it.
Our attendees, and our content, tend to cross the line between "developer" and "admin." While they may be full-time administrators, they're not afraid of "DevOps," the idea that admins need to be a little bit developer, and that developers need a good awareness of how enterprise operations functions on a daily basis.
This isn't to say that beginners aren't welcome - you'll probably learn a lot. But if you don't have a pretty good grounding in PowerShell fundamentals already, then you may find some stuff over your head, and may spend a lot of time playing "catch up." But if you don't mind jumping into the deep end of the pool with no flotation device... then join us!
We do want to emphasize that, unlike prior Deep Dive events, we've got two rooms to work with. That means we're not only having the 20,000-leagues-deep material of the past, but also striving to have more "intermediate" material, too. So there's a much broader audience who can benefit!