It needs to be said that the title is not by any means implying that I'm all knowing when it comes to Powershell!
Now, I've been spending most of my spare time for the past year learning powershell.
I try to solve pretty much everything at work using powershell. I've written a few modules, some "help-desk-tools" using WPF and a bunch of miscellaneous scripts. I've dabbled a bit with DSC as well as written a few pretty simple DSC resources (nothing of real value).
I've read PowerShell in Depth 2nd Edition (first PS book I read), DSC revealed and a few others.
Now, I'm a bit lost on where to turn in order to get more advanced at Powershell.
So my question is, do I learn more dotNet? and if so, do I need to look at C#? As far as I know there isn't much to read when it comes to powershell + dotNet specifically.
What are your goals? Are you quite skilled at making best-practices and -patterns tools in PowerShell? Have you mastered DSC? Workflow?
I feel pretty comfortable in saying that i'm pretty good at best-practises when it comes to toolmaking in PowerShell, one can always get better I suppose.
I'm far from mastering DSC – I understand the basics of how it works and like I've said i've written a few very simple resources for the purpose of learning and better understanding DSC. I'll definitely look more in to DSC.
Workflows and Event-handling is the two topics I've touched on the least.
My goal at the moment is mainly to get more advanced at powershell as a programming language. I recently switched over to WMF5 and windows 10 and currently trying to use classes more and more in my code.
It's just hard for me to express exactly what I want, I just feel as if there are no more pure powershell books to read that will take my toolmaking to the next level.
Do I need to get better at dotNet? Is there any books out there I can read to get better at using dotNet with powershell without getting C# books?
Thanks for your reply Don – love your work!
Yeah, definitely depends on your goals.
What sort of role do you see yourself in down the road? One of the big benefits to PowerShell is that it can glue so many technologies together, and the bit of learning you put in for PowerShell applies to working with those technologies.
There's a common thread with all of these. Generally, they can all involve PowerShell, or improve your ability to work with it.
Of course, this is from my own limited perspective. Take it with a grain of salt. There's so much out there, the trouble is usually picking which areas to focus on, given how many directions you can go.
Good luck either way!
Hi Warren! I'll have to take some time and think about exactly what I want to pursue first – definitely good advice. As for source control, I'm using gitlab 🙂
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