Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I am a Coach for the 2014 Winter Scripting Games

The 2014 Powershell Winter Scripting Games are just about to start. I am proud to say that I have been selected by 2013 Scripting Games winner and Head Coach Mike F Robbins to act as an expert Coach for this edition and I will do my best to offer constructive feedback to all teams that post their script files to the Scripting Games website.
Here's a quick list of things you have to know and/or keep in mind during these Games:
  • The site of the Games is
  • The rules of the games are in this PDF file.
  • There will be a total of 4 official events for these Winter Scripting Games: January 19th, January 26th, February 2nd, & February 9th. The official schedule is here.
  • For official news, regularly check out the Scripting Games announcement Category
  • MVP Richard Siddaway will be the Head Judge. Richard also authored the practice event and event 4, titled 'Monitoring Support'.
  • MVP Mike F Robbins will be the Head Coach.
  • Event 1, titled 'Pairs' has been authored by Ed Wilson.
  • Event 2, titled 'Security footprint' has been authored by Lee Holmes. 
  • Event 3, titled 'Acl, Cacl, Toil and Trouble' has been authored by Jeff Wouters.
  • You cannot play alone, since the events are complex and challenging and you can't tackle them alone. Try to think more like colleagues and less like individuals.
  • You have to build a team of 2-6 people, or join an existing one.
  • The system can help you find one team for you based on your timezone.
  • Make sure your team has submitted only one entry when the deadline comes (all times UTC).
  • Registration and team formation for the 2014 Winter Scripting Games will begin on January 2nd, which is in a few hours, and a practice event will take place.
  • Regularly upload your team's last version of the script into the Scripting Games website, so that Coaches like me can offer commentary in the private in-Game discussion thread.
  • Coaches won't be able to help if you don't post your entries during the week before the event closes.
  • Coaches comments are flagged so teams can easily spot them.
  • Get a test environment and make sure you are running the last version of Powershell (which is 4.0), as suggested in the FAQ.
  • Have a look at this interesting read on the appropriate use of comments.
  • Read my last post on the use of hashtables, dictionaries and objects.
  • Boe Prox does an excellent job of explaining the best way to make your code neat and clear, through the use of variable that make sense, proper error handling, and comment-based help. Check it out here.
  • Modular development is encouraged.
  • Check out this interactive Git intro, if you want to use GitHub as your collaboration tool.
 People to follow on Twitter during the Games:
... as well as the list provided by Mike on his blog (Introducing the Coaches of the 2014 Winter Scripting Games) and the Twitter hashtage #pshgames.

Remeber: it’s a terrific occasion to learn PowerShell techniques that will help you master the language. Have fun. Good luck!

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