Archive for the ‘UserGroup’ Category


Starting a PowerShell User Group: An interview with Gary Barnes

Monday, August 1st, 2016 by June Blender
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start a PowerShell user group? I did an interview with Gary Barnes, Software Development Engineer in Test, Portland, Oregon, who just started PDX PowerShell (@PDXPoShPUG), a PowerShell user group for Portland, OR, USA, and its suburbs, including Vancouver, WA. He has lots of great insights. ------------------------------------- User groups are an incredible vehicle for learning, whether you're a beginner who needs mentoring and support, an expert who needs to know about cutting edge techniques, or just a diehard who loves to learn. They provide expertise, knowledge, challenges, and the sense of…   More »

Using Prefixes to Prevent Command Name Collision

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by June Blender
In January, I had the honor of presenting to the Mississippi PowerShell User Group (MSPSUG). I've known the organizers, Mike Robbins and Rohn Edwards for years, and truly respect them. The PSUG is online-only, which makes it a challenge for presenters, but they attract a very sophisticated audience, so my talks there are really conversations. This was a perfect venue for my "Avoiding Version Chaos" talk. (More at PowerShell Saturday in Tampa on March 19, 2016.) In one part of the talk, I demonstrated how to use noun prefixes to distinguish among commands with the same names. The demo flopped…   More »

SAPIEN Loves User Groups

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by June Blender
 Need support for your technical user group? Contact me at Many of us technical types are loners. We tend to be introverts. We prefer our own space. However, when you're learning a completely new skill, like Windows PowerShell, it helps to collaborate. You can read a book and practice on your own. If you hit an obstacle, you can google the problem and copy online solutions. But, it's so much more efficient to talk to people who have been through the learning process, to hear a clear explanation of a solution, to see a demonstration of a new way…   More »

PowerShell GUI Apps: Why think in events?

Monday, January 4th, 2016 by June Blender
Always committed to starting the New Year right, I’m heading to Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 PM to meet with the newly revived Arizona PowerShell User Group. We’ll meet at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale Fashion Square. (I will not be distracted by the Surface Pro 4 on display. I will not…)   I’ll be there to lead an interactive hands-on lab in which participants build a basic PowerShell GUI application – essentially, a graphic user interface for a PowerShell script. When you press a button, it runs part of the script. When you type text in…   More »

Creating Objects in Windows PowerShell

Monday, October 26th, 2015 by June Blender
Applies to: PowerShell 5.0.10240 I was recently in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark, where I was the guest of PSUG.DK, PowerShell User Group in Denmark. We met in the swanky Microsoft offices for a hands-on about classes in Windows PowerShell 5.0. Microsoft Offices, Copenhagen, Denmark. In the hands-on lab, we create a class, create instances of the class, and add constructors, properties and methods. Then, we try some of the more advanced features, like static properties and methods, inheritance, and interfaces. To keep the class in a reasonably brief, when we create objects, I show New-Object and the New…   More »

PowerShell Conference Asia 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Ferdinand Rios
PowerShell Conference Asia (#PSConfAsia) held its inaugural sessions on September 18th and 19th, 2015 at Microsoft headquarters in Singapore. SAPIEN was the platinum sponsor of this event. A great set of sessions was kicked off with a State of the Union talk by Jefferey Snover (Technical Fellow at Microsoft and creator of PowerShell). Ferdinand Rios (CEO of SAPIEN) followed up with a talk on Building PowerShell GUI Solutions, where he demonstrated how to build a GUI PowerShellGet application using PowerShell Studio. The rest of the sessions had a concentration on DSC, Sharepoint and DevOps. In particular, there was a lot of…   More »

Don’t Underestimate Omaha!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by June Blender
When I announced, with obvious glee, that I was invited to present to the Omaha PowerShell User Group, I got a few virtual eye rolls from folks online. "Omaha. Must be fun after New York City. Hehe," I heard. "Hope you like cows." It was fun! (NYC was awesome, too.) But, while I see lots of cows in my rural Utah home town, what I saw in Omaha was less surprise and more reinforcement of the idea that the mid-western U.S. is a vibrant, high-powered, and exciting IT environment. It's also a really beautiful place with great people and a reasonable…   More »