2017 PowerShell Resolutions

I’m a little late this year in getting this blog posted. But I definitely wanted to get this out before the end of 2016. Smile

As with the last couple of years (2014, 2015), I wanted to look back on the previous years resolutions and see how I did as well as setting up my 2017 ones for everyone to check out.

So without further ado, let’s see what I had for last year and see if I managed to complete my resolutions!

  • Speak at a local conference (SQL Saturday, InfoTech, Nebraska.Code(), etc…). Yes I am using this again but really it is never guaranteed to speak at these things so making one would be great!

Well, I submitted for SQL Saturday as well as Nebraska.Code() but unfortunately didn’t get any of my talks accepted. I won’t call this one a bust since I did the tough part of preparing and submitting sessions. Anything that happens with the approval was out of my control.

  • Work with PowerShell Classes, etc…. These are new in PowerShell V5 and I honestly haven’t even messed with these much, so it is on my TODO list.

I did spend some times with classes in PowerShell V5 and even added some of them to my PoshRSJob module where appropriate as well as blogging about them on MCPMag.com. I’d call this one a success!

  • Start working on re-writing a module as a binary module in C# to better learn the language.

Unfortunately working with bug and feature requests on PoshRSJob took away from my attempts to convert a module from a script module to a binary module. Maybe next year!

  • Do something with web APIs and OAuth stuff. I keep meaning to invest some time with this but always get side tracked.

While I wanted to get to this and work more learning OAuth and working with web APIs, it just didn’t pan out for me. I was looking to use Yahoo Fantasy Football as a great means to do this but time wasn’t on my side.

Looking back at last year’s resolutions, I was probably 1.5 out of 4 (I’m counting my conference one as at least .5 for effort), not the best showing but that is the way that it goes. Maybe 2017 will be a little more better to me to knock some of my new ones out.

Speaking of 2017, my PowerShell resolutions for the coming year are ones that I hope to knock out during the year barring any sort of craziness which can and will happen. So here they are:

  • Speak at a user group or conference this year. I figure that I will lump these into one thing as I am sure that I will hopefully accomplish one of these in 2017.
  • Write at at least 2 blogs that relate to SQL or InfoSec. I recently took on a position as a SQL DBA after many years of working more in the infrastructure of Windows with Active Directory, DNS, etc…. At same time, I am also very interested in the InfoSec field so I feel that this would be a good way to get more into both topics using PowerShell.
  • Start a new PowerShell project. I have been working a lot on PoshRSJob to make it a great module and fix a ton of the bugs and feature requests that I have received for it this year, but I want to be able to put out a new project sometime this year. I have a few ideas but we will see which one will get pushed out.
  • Operational Validation with PowerShell and Pester. This is something that I have been starting to look at but plan on doing more in 2017 both in my job as well as with a blog or two.

What about you? I’d love to hear about what you are planning on doing in 2017 with PowerShell so be sure to leave them in the comments!

Happy New Year!

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