26th December 2008

Winter Break Work

This year we aren’t going on any special trips over winter break so I’ve been “at work”, although given the weather (and the fact that no one is actually on campus) I’ve been working at home.

This is a pretty slow time of the year and it can be hard to get main work items done with so few other people around to coordinate with and get feedback from. Of course this makes it ideal to ramp up on key technologies and I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about Windows PowerShell. As a counter-example to my earlier comments about this time of year at Microsoft the PowerShell team just released CTP3 of Windows PowerShell version 2.0 last week and have had a flood of posts about cool things to do with it on the PowerShell Team Blog.

PowerShell seems like a pretty key breakthrough in terms of managing computers, especially large networks of them as we need to for the SharePoint Grid project. Having said that I’m still all over the place about the right way to approach it- there are so many different ways to get a given thing done that it can be a bit difficult to decide the right approach. I’ll try to post more about some of the options and trade-offs.

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