PowerShell Study #2: Parameters and Syntax

Some notes I’ve taken while learning about the parameters and syntax of a PowerShell cmdlet as I read its help module.   Find the Syntax and Parameter Sets for a Cmdlet Use Get-Help for a command. In the resulting output window, the “Syntax” section...

PowerShell Study #1: Using the Help System

I’ve been running through the book Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, by Don Jones and Jeffrey Hicks, widely considered one of the best books for PowerShell beginners. My “curriculum” largely follows the chapters in the book, each...

Retooling My Blog: New Job, New Focus

This is now, more or less, a PowerShell-focused blog. About two months ago, I landed myself a new IT job. I’m still in the public sector, now working for a state agency instead of for a county. It’s a lateral move so far as the level is concerned;...

What I’m Working On: April 12-18, 2015

Some small updates on what’s keeping me busy this week: EdX and Microsoft’s C# course, and learning GitHub. EdX.Org Programming With C# I’m taking the free Programming With C# course on EdX.org provided by Microsoft. It’s starting off slowly,...

Two MS Courses on EdX Start Today

Microsoft has partnered with EdX.org to offer two free courses, taught by Microsoft employees, which start today. One course teaches Bootstrap, the other programming in C#. New Courses DEV203x: Introduction to Bootstrap (Chris Harrison) DEV204x: Programming in C#...

Twitter Exchange: Using Medium vs Your Own Blog

I caught wind of an interesting Twitter exchange featuring Scott Hanselman and Rick Strahl, among others, discussing the merits of using a blogging platform like Medium over blogging on your own domain. Ya, Medium is pretty and makes it easy to get writing online. But...

Lessons In Learning: Entity Framework

I made some time in the last week to get started on an app I’ve been planning to make for a while, and the first stage of creating it involved following an EF tutorial that didn’t go quite as planned. The App: ClientScheduler The app I’m starting to...

Googling Myself: On Using a Middle Initial

My name isn’t all that common. On NameStatistics.com, Wall is #555 in the USA, and Craig is #90 in the list of first names. You’d think there wouldn’t be many notable people named “Craig Wall” around. There aren’t really, but all...

What I’ve Been Up To: WordPress, Organization, Planning

I haven’t posted the rest of the past tutorial for a while, so I wanted to update a bit on what I’ve been up to. Exploring Volunteering Options I was on vacation from work last week, and my wife asked if I’d be interested in managing the events page...

MVC Study Log–Getting Started With EF, Part 2

Creating the Data Models, and explaining a little bit about primary keys and foreign keys. Creating the Data Model Contoso University calls for the creation of three entities: Course, Enrollment, and Student. These entities are placed in separate class files, so I...