30th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

It is amazing for me to think that it has been 30 years since the ZX Spectrum was released. The BBC has a good interview with two of the designers of the Spectrum which will be interesting for anyone else like myself who cut their teeth peeking and poking on the ZX Spectrum. As I…

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Script Explorer Design Overview

In last weeks blog post Creating a Semantic Web for PowerShell I introduce our vision for establishing a semantic web in support of PowerShell and some of the benefits it could yield. That lead to the obvious question of what to do until major repositories, blog sites and forums have adopted some of the techniques…

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Creating a semantic “PowerShell” web

A couple of weeks ago we announced that we had just released our first beta of Microsoft Script Explorer. The goal for Script Explorer was two-fold. The first was to help people looking for scripts / cmdlets / modules find them – regardless of where they resided. The second was to help large organizations formalize…

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Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta Now Available!

Well over a year ago our Information Experience team set out to redefine the way Microsoft delivers narrative and executable guidance to customers. We wanted to embrace prevailing trends such as the democratization of information – especially as it relates to the importance of community contributions – and of course automation with one of the main…

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Steve Jobs (CLI – NUI)

Our industry lost one of its great pioneers with the passing of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. As a young computer geek from the 70’s and 80’s I have followed Steve Job’s success for more than 30 years as demonstrated in posts such as The Glory Days of Home Computing. A lot has been said about…

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Help write the PowerShell Survival Guide

My friend Eric Battalio is leading an effort to update the Windows PowerShell Survival Guide on the TechNet Wiki. Survival Guides are essentially categorized collections of links + comments around a common theme, scenario or technology – think of them as a Table of Contents for a particular problem domain – with the contents spanning…

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Why haven’t our Exception Management Practices evolved from the 60’s?

It is amazing to think how much has changed over the last decade or so – evolution of the cloud, broad adoption of natural user interfaces and general acceptance of agile development techniques – just to name a few. But one thing that causes me no end of frustration is that during this entire period…

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Calling all PowerShell Users…

We need your help! The Information Experience (iX) team at Microsoft is looking for your help and feedback to drive new guidance experiences over the next 6 – 12 months. For those people not familiar with the iX team we are the folks responsible for deliving guidance to support Microsoft products such as Windows Server,…

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A (Re)Introduction to Patterns

A couple of people have asked me why I haven’t responded to this initial post on the SE Insight site. Partially it was because I recently changed teams and this has just meant that I am crazy busy at the moment. One of the top asks was for a list of good pattern guides –…

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