Archive for the ‘Back from TechEd’ Category


Back from Tech-Ed: Do you have iPowerShell for …

Friday, July 16th, 2010 by Ferdinand Rios
... Android, Blackberry, Windows 7 Mobile or Palm? The simple answer is, unfortunately, no. But we have started looking into some of these other mobile device platforms, specifically Android and Windows 7 Mobile. There are so many cool and interesting features we want to add to iPowerShell, that it is taking up all of our current mobile platform development resources. If you are already an Android or Windows 7 Mobile developer, maybe we can work together to get iPowerShell out faster on those platforms. Contact and let us know!…   More »

Back from TechEd: Do I still need to learn VBScript?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by Alex Riedel
Many of you folks came by our booth at TechEd and asked about our PowerShell training options. Inevitably the question about learning VBScript came up: "With all the power of PowerShell, why do I need to learn VBScript?" If you pose this question to any language fan boy it usually turns into a discussion about which language is better. But it isn't a question of better or worse. It's not a competition. Some of us remember the discussions about C vs. Pascal, C vs. C++ vs. Delphi, C# vs. C++ or, last but not least, Java vs. all other languages.…   More »

Back from Tech-Ed: How does your licensing work?

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 by Ferdinand Rios
Let's face it, End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) are a pain in the butt. Long drawn-out legalese that nobody reads (OK, some people read them but they are usually lawyers and they like that kind of stuff.) But for the rest of us, when that EULA dialog pops up in the installer, we pretty much all click "OK" to get past the screen without reading it. So since you didn't read that EULA, how do you know what you can and cannot do with the software you just purchased? Well, let's take a look at the most common questions…   More »

Back from Tech-Ed: Where can I buy your books?

Monday, July 12th, 2010 by Ferdinand Rios
SAPIEN Press publish several fantastic technical books in our TFM series (yes as in RTFM!) All of our books are available in both print and eBook formats at our online store, SAPIEN Press print books are also available on and can typically be ordered from your local bookstore as well. We also hope to start offering our eBooks through iBooks, Nook and Sony Reader stores.…   More »

Back from Tech-Ed: What is on those PowerShell Training Disks?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 by Ferdinand Rios
The SAPIEN Class-On-Disk PowerShell training is a 4 DVD set of training videos developed by Don Jones. Each DVD is recorded in hi-def for the best visual quality. Besides the HD video, we also include a free iPod/iPhone version as well as lab guides, samples and answers, free tools and useful links. Here is a list of the topics covered by each disk: Fundamentals Disk - 3 hour runtime: Architecture and Overview Navigating your system Introducing Cmdlets The PowerShell Pipeline Key Cmdlets Security Features WMI and PowerShell Pipeline Filtering and Operators AD and PowerShell Input, Output and Formatting Scripting Overview…   More »

Back from TechEd: Do I need to learn PowerShell?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by Alex Riedel
We here at SAPIEN have all returned  from TechEd 2010 in New Orleans. After reviewing our notes and working through the piled up email in our inboxes we discovered there there where a lot of common questions from visitors to our booth. So we decided to start a blog series that addresses these questions for those who where not at TechEd. First up: "Do I need to learn PowerShell?" In a nutshell, YES. We understand that learning a new language can be a daunting task. The reaction to PowerShell ranges from enthusiasm over the sheer power provided to raised eyebrows…   More »