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Are you still resisting powershell?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Adzmobile, May 30, 2014.

  1. Adzmobile

    Adzmobile Nibble Poster


    Since Powershell has been around, I have always been interested in it. I tried for a long time getting to grips with it, however like with anything new, it hasn't been easy.

    Have you started using Powershell in your organisation and what is your feeling towards it? Is the thought of scripting hold you back? I know that it can be intimidating at times and it was for me, even after studying programming at university.

    I think it is something essential to learn and also incredibly rewarding so the effort will pay off. Also with many administrative tasks, once you have built and configured a server for example, the effort is somewhat lost - since its not repeatable. However the effort that goes into a script is far from lost and can be used multiple times.

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  2. Shadowrunner

    Shadowrunner Nibble Poster Premium Member

    Resistance is futile...

    PowerShell is your friend. I started with it a couple of years ago and haven't looked back, I hardly use a GUI anymore if I can help it. Once you've got to grips with it, the shell is much faster, easier and more powerful. Also, I've found that I quite enjoy scripting and will often find myself writing scripts in my head while driving to work.

    Although that probably is just me :blink

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  3. wagnerk
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    I use a little powershell, however I use more bat and vbs scripts at the moment. Mainly as it's easier due to not having enough time to properly investigate/convert my existing scripts, files and knowledge.

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  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I just code it in C# rather than use powershell.

    Now resisting the Power Rangers, thats another matter ! :biggrin
  5. Adzmobile

    Adzmobile Nibble Poster

    dmarsh thats pretty interesting. What kind of things do you program in c#?

    Do you find it more flexible or granular? I would like to learn c# but not sure exactly what use cases i would use it for.
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  6. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    C# is a general purpose high level language, you can code pretty much anything you like in it, desktop apps, services, servers, web sites, operating systems, games, mobile apps, installers, big data, line of business apps, anything really.

    The only problem with C# is its a garbage collected language that requires a virtual machine runtime, and therefore isn't great for memory constrained devices. Its portability is also somewhat limited due to ties to the windows platform.

    I can code in many languages so if C# isn't an ideal fit I can just use a different one.

    The reason I mention C# is that there is shared common code with powershell.

    Its common to use a mix of technology on any moderately complex project.

    I've never learnt powershell, but yes I find fully fledged programming languages tend to be more flexible and maintainable than scripting languages.

    Its becoming more contentious with things like python and ruby.
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  7. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    Well im only 6 months into my role, but i can see the potential with what it can offer, but then theres the time in sitting down and doing it. Sometimes at work im mentally exhausted and really dont do much when i get home. Normally id be intimidated by the code side, as i used visual basic and wasnt really good at it, Dmarsh however did help me on a few occasions.

    Ive looked into it, just skimmed the surface really, but as i grow more confident in my role, i will take things further. I think there was an update job a few weeks ago, where we had to update IE from 10 to 11, but for some reason we ended up going round to each machine etc, which after a while can be somewhat tedious, although the exp was good. I was thinking, im sure there is a way to create a script using powershell etc. At the mo, im still IT helpdesk and even though im getting my confidence , theres still a lot to learn.

    Powershell however will be a great tool for sure

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  8. JK2447
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    Gutted someone robbed my "resistance is futile" ref, because it really is! VBS is marked for death, PS FTW
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  9. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Mostly for Exchange server - handy to bulk create accounts and archive.

    Slight changes between Exchange Server versions though! :)
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