Summary: It is finally here…the 2013 Windows PowerShell Scripting Games official kickoff
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It’s here. It’s here. It’s here. Yep, the 2013 Windows PowerShell Scripting Games are finally here, and today is the official kickoff. Launched this morning at the first community organized International Windows PowerShell Summit taking place in Redmond, Washington this week, the 2013 Scripting Games launched amid great fanfare!
This year, the Windows PowerShell community is running the games, and they are being spread out over a longer period of time. This week we are in Redmond, Washington for the PowerShell Summit, and last night we had the welcome aboard meet and greet. While at the meet and greet the Scripting Wife was clowning around with Jason Helmick flexing their muscles getting ready for the Scripting Games.
What you need to know about the 2013 Scripting Games
The first thing you need to know about the 2013 Scripting Games is that the entire point of the games is to learn Windows PowerShell. This is absolutely your best chance of learning Windows PowerShell this year. The exercises are based upon real life scenarios, and so you will learn skills you will immediately be able to use. The deadlines for each event provide added incentive towards completing the scenario. The peer pressure helps provide incentive towards meeting the goals of each exercise.
Second, the 2013 Scripting Games are fun. The community involvement via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and forums all provide interaction and opportunities to share your knowledge and your experiences.
Third, the 2013 Scripting Games provide you with time to focus on your Windows PowerShell skills. During the games, dozens of scripters will be blogging about the events, lessons learned, and hints for success. Because the games are based on real world scenarios, this becomes a huge opportunity for picking up useful tools.
The Scripting Wife has already been honing her Windows PowerShell skills in preparation for the 2013 Scripting Games. She will also be blogging about her experiences with the games. There is a special RSS feed just for the Scripting Games, so it will be easy to keep up with all the activity.
Fourth, the 2013 Scripting Games take place over a six-week period of time. This will provide you with more time between events, the judges more time for grading the scripts, and the bloggers more time to keep up with the event. So you will not have to take vacation this year to keep with all the events.
Fifth, the 2013 Scripting Games are hosted on PowerShell.org, so this is the place to go to so you can find the particulars of registration, the competitors pack, and associated information.
Sixth, register for the 2013 Scripting Games. The first event is in three days!
Join me tomorrow when the Scripting Wife and I talk about using the Active Directory module with Windows PowerShell.
I invite you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.
Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy