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See Tome Speak!

I’ve been very busy, and I keep getting busier.  In the next few months I’m doing quite a bit of speaking.  You can see me at the following:

I’ll be doing a talk entitled, “What’s New in PowerShell V3” on March 30th for the NYC Techstravaganza.

I’ll be doing two shorter talks entitled, “Building a PowerShell Corporate Module Repository” and “Pinvoke – When Old APIs Save the Day” for The Experts Conference (TEC 2012) in San Diego, April 29th – May 2cnd.

I’ll also be using the NYC PowerShell User Group regular meeting on April 9th as an opportunity to give myself a dress rehearsal for TEC.

If you follow my blog, and happen to be at one of those events, I look forward to meeting you.  Make sure to introduce yourself.  I promise I don’t bite, but I have been known to talk about PowerShell for hours on end.

Podcasts Podcasts Everywhere – PowerScripting Tomorrow – Cmdlet of the Day Forever

Well, I’ve been quiet in the blogland, quiet in the forums, and finally done with everything for the book.  So, where have I been?  Besides working and finally having time to spend with my family, I have put together a little super secret project.  Starting this moment, I have released the PowerShell Cmdlet of the Day Podcast.  The pilot episode has been released on Get-Input.

I am a huge fan of the short-form podcasts.  I love listening to NPR’s Sunday Puzzle and Grammar Girl.  I’ve also used to love the Nasa podcast.  I thought it was high time the PowerShell community got treated to something like this.  So, we’ll see where it goes.  My first podcast (The Toe Show back in 2003/2004) only had 11 episodes.  Fortunately for me, I’ve already recorded almost that many for this show in order to stay ahead of the release curve, but my resolve has obviously not yet been tested.  After this week, I expect to release an episode twice a week.  The second episode will be released on Sunday night/Monday morning and the next few episodes will be about the Group Policy module that now ships with Server.

One more huge announcement.  I will be on the PowerScripting podcast tomorrow night 8/18/2011.  There is a live taping at 9:30pm or you can pick up the episode next week some time (It should be episode 159).  I’m hugely excited to be on the show; it’s my first time on!

So, as the new voice in your head – let me type “Goodbye”

Regular Expression Presentation – Recording Now Available

If you were unable to make my presentation on Regular Expressions for the UK User Group you can now view an audio/video version of the presentation here on Richard Siddaway’s Blog.  He has also made my slide deck, scripts, and the regular expression cheat sheet I created to go with the presentation available for download on this page.

While I am completely embarrassed that in the first few minutes I referred to myself as both an IT Pro and an Admin when I meant to say IT Pro and a Dev, but hey it’s not like this recording will be on the Internet forever – all kidding aside it really won’t.  So, if you are viewing this post in the future and the links no longer work you have my apologies – If I remember correctly Richard said that it would be available for a year.  END DIGRESSION – While I am completely embarrassed … I think the overall presentation went very well.  It was really great to have an opportunity to have my voice heard across the pond.  The European PowerShellers are very courteous.  I was happy with the feedback I received, and I truly love it when people who know regular expressions thank me for helping others realize what they are missing by not taking the time to learn them.

Thanks to Richard and the rest of the UK user group for having me.  I hope I’ll have the opportunity to join them again sometime in the future even if only as a virtual member.

Scripting Games 2011

I have been honored again this year to be asked to judge the 2011 Scripting Games. If you are not aware of the games here’s a letter from The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson where he describes the event in 234 words:

The 2011 Scripting Games begin on April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. What is the Scripting Games, you may ask? Well simply put, the Scripting Games are the premier learning event of the year for IT Pro’s and others who wish to master Windows PowerShell. Comprising 10 events, a registered contestant has seven days to create a solution to a scenario driven problem and post their code to a MVP maintained script repository for evaluation by a panel of internationally recognized judges. Daily leaderboards and prize drawings help to maintain the suspense throughout the two-week international event.

During the 2011 Scripting Games hundreds of contestants will submit thousands of scripts that will be reviewed by dozens of judges. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all around the world will view the games themselves. Last year, participants from more than 100 countries participated in the Scripting Games. With an emphasis on real world scripting scenarios and problems, the scripts will be of immediate value to both the participants and to the spectators.

Preparation for the 2011 Scripting Games is already underway, with a learning guide, step-by-step tutorials, videos and other resources being generated on a daily basis. The 2011 Scripting Games all in one page is the portal for the games themselves. The 2010 Scripting Games all in one page is still available, as are the events from the 2009 Scripting Games.

I personally think this is a better 234 word description of the event:

function Generate200WordDescriptionOfScriptingGames2011 {"awesome "*234}

Tome, Regex, MVPs, and Conferences

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog, but extremely busy everywhere else.

Ed Wilson was kind enough to publish two of my articles on the Hey Scripting Guy! blog:
Use PowerShell Regular Expressions to Format Numbers
Use PowerShell Regular Expressions to Parse an RSS Feed (I’m not sure I like this title – It was the example I used, but it was intended to show the technique, not to solve the problem.  There are better ways to handle xml and rss feeds in PowerShell).

The Techstravaganza is planned.  There are a few free seats left.  Make sure to sign up/book flights/get hotels.  It’s going to be a great PowerShell experience.

I will be presenting my hour-long deep dive into regular expressions, and how they work in PowerShell to the UK user group. If you are unfamiliar to regular expressions it will be a great opportunity to learn about them. If you have been using them casually, I promise to give you the deep dive along with an opportunity to ask questions about the more advanced elements. The user group is being held via live meeting so feel free to just listen in.

We are going to have a great PowerShell mind with us at the next NYC User Group meeting on April 11 at the Microsoft offices on 6th ave.  MVP and great guy Aleksander Nikolić will be joining us for this free event. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him this week; I’m happy to call him a good friend now. He will be joining us from Serbia, and I’m looking forward to hearing his talk on PowerShell remoting. Come learn for free about fan-out remoting, interactive remoting, and implicit remoting. With enough interest we can even tease you with a better understanding of what is possible with custom endpoints. Check the site over the next week for more info.

Finally, I was fortunate to be invited to the MVP summit this year. It was an amazing experience. It was like having a week-long PowerShell conference. I met the great minds who extend PowerShell, the artiste IT Pros who conduct their systems in elegant fashion, the speakers and teachers who mold the next generation of PowerShell users, and the passionate folks who just enjoy the product and the communnity they are involved with. Unfortunately, NDA forbids me from disclosing any bits of info except for the fact that there was a conference – oh, I can tell you that I did meet Ed Wilson and the ScriptingWife (she really does exist), and that it was my privilege to teach the French delegation how to drink a car bomb 🙂

Life is good, PowerShell is good, and these are exciting times over here for me!


MVP & Drinks

Many of you may have heard the news already, but in case you have not: I have been honored by Microsoft this past weekend by receiving the MVP award for PowerShell.  I have joined the ranks of some amazing magicians who twist and craft something that is so simple into pure poetry.   In my opinion, this is the crowning achievement of what has already been a very fruitful 15 years in IT.  A lot of my after-hours time has been committed to answering questions in the forums, putting together presentations, organizing the NYC PowerShell UserGroup, and writing articles for the benefit of other people (We’ll leave out the Techstravaganza in March, the Give Camp, and the PowerShell Bible – those are contributions for this year).  Now when my wife asks me why I do it, I can show her my pretty profile (she hates the picture by the way), and say – for the fame!  🙂  Okay, I admit it: I really just love playing with PowerShell, and I think it’s a good idea to make yourself marketable in today’s economy any way you can for fear of not having employment, but I digress.

I wouldn’t be here without your support, and the support of my wife and loved ones.  Fortunately, I am here – so come out, and celebrate this achievement with me!

If you are in NYC on Friday, January 21st, 2011 please join us at Cibar (near Union Square) around 5:30pm til the cows come home.  This is a cash bar event with no sponsorship so please invite any friends and family.  If you don’t yet know me personally feel free to come down and introduce yourself.  There will be a mix of old friends, colleagues, PowerShell enthusiasts, and some PowerShell and community special guests to mingle with, and best of all it will be my wife’s first IT community-type event!  You may drag her into any conversation that begins and ends in binary at your own peril.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 21st!  Oh, and looking forward to seeing some of you at the Give Camp next weekend.

Happy New Year,
Tome Tanasovski


Happy Birthday Powertoe! – Tome’s Land of IT

Exactly one year ago on this day I posted my first article on this blog.  I generally don’t think technical writing is something to get sentimental about, but I feel this has been an action-packed year for me worth reflecting on.  Last year I was inspired to contribute back to the community while at the SQL PASS conference – I would never have guessed that I would quickly become a recognized face and voice in the PowerShell community.

So this is a big thank you for reading, following, and giving me tasks to keep me active in the forums.  I have come a long way this year: new job, tons of exposure, the NYC PowerShell User Group, and lots of great opportunities falling into my lap.  It’s been a lot of hard work, but I appreciate every second I’ve been blessed with.  I’m happy to say that the inspired road of selflessness I started walking on during SQL PASS last year has paid off with friendships, satisfaction, and opportunities I never expected to receive.

This site has been a big part of all of that.  Almost 100 views per day in November (more than all of the days in Nov and Dec combined last year) – I’m glad the content is worthy of reading.  You guys are great in my book!  I will do my best to continue to fill your heads with the things that I think are important to being a successful Dev-heavy IT Pro for many years to come!

—Tome Tanasovski

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