Weekend Scripter: Geeking Out at PowerShell Summit
Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about geeking out at the Windows PowerShell summit in Bellevue, Washington.
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things that proves that Windows PowerShell is not going away any time soon (in case you were wondering) is that Windows PowerShell has its own conference. It also has its own user community, and its own community-sponsored organization.
This week kicks off the Windows PowerShell Summit in Bellevue, Washington. I am speaking at two sessions, and the Windows PowerShell team is presenting about six sessions. There are people coming from all over the world to attend this event. There are going to be a significant number of Windows PowerShell MVPs and others who use Windows PowerShell on a regular basis to concoct enterprise solutions to automate their environments.
For the Scripting Wife and me, this is a great chance to reconnect with many of our friends. Networking is a significant part of this event, in addition to learning great content from recognized masters of their craft. A number of Microsoft premier field engineers attend this event. Jason Walker and Brian Wilhite are speaking this week. They are pictured here:
In addition, the legendary Don Jones is around this week. He is speaking on Wednesday morning. He is pictured here with Windows PowerShell MVP, Teresa Wilson (aka the Scripting Wife).
If that is not enough, Windows PowerShell MVP, Jeffery Hicks is also present and is speaking. Jeffery (aka Professor PowerShell) is a master at making complex concepts immediately understandable. He is pictured here (without his mortar board and tassels):
Honorary Scripting Guy, Richard Siddaway (Windows PowerShell MVP and all around nice guy) took time out of his busy schedule to fly over from the United Kingdom. Richard is an expert on so many different technologies that it is hard to keep up with him. He is the author of several popular Windows PowerShell books, and he writes numerous guest posts for the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog. He is also fun to talk to, and he is always willing to lend a hand with even the most complex scripting problem. He is shown in the following photo:
One measure of the success of the Windows PowerShell Summit is the level of Windows PowerShell team participation. They went all out, and like the greeting card slogan, they cared enough to "send the very best." Kenneth Hansen and Hemant Mahawar (aka HeMan) arrived bearing great news about Windows PowerShell. They are pictured here:
A perennial favorite from the Windows PowerShell team is Lee Holmes. Everyone who listens to a presentation by Lee comes away with dozens of cool Windows PowerShell tricks that they are itching to put into production. He is pictured here with the Scripting Wife:
Of course, no Windows PowerShell Summit would be possible with the Jeffrey Snover. Listening to Jeffrey is a treat. He is pictured here with Microsoft PFE, Brian Wilhite.
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