PowerShell for Windows Admins

Oct 13 2016   7:06AM GMT

Easy and Expert

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

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This is a very interesting article – https://powershell.org/2016/10/12/no-easy-button-for-configuration-management/.

The premise that there is no “easy” button in IT is spot on and fits with this quote from  Theodore Roosevelt:

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…”

IT is constantly changing – new technologies, new techniques, and new ways of looking at the problems.

The only way to survive is to keep learning. If you don’t you become part of the problem.

One of the comments castigating the author of the for declaring themselves a “newbie” given the work they’d put into learning DSC also caught my eye. When does someone move from being a newbie to becoming competent or even an expert?

Its as much in the mind of your audience as anything. I’ve been using PowerShell since the days of the version 1 beta code and have written and spoken more about the subject than I care to remember. Does that make me an expert? Many people seem to think so but as far as I’m concerned I’m still learning. So is everyone else that I consider an expert. To misquote

“Expertise is in the eye of the beholder”

When things change or you move onto something new the newbie clock gets reset so we’re all really newbies. Another way to think about it is that an expert is a newbie that has been working with the technology just that little bit longer.

Be wary of self proclaimed experts. The true experts tend to just get on with it.

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