What’s the Best way to Learn Something? Do it!

We’re going to talk about how to learn PowerShell or how to learn some other language that you’d like to learn. First and foremost, the way to learn is not to watch YouTube videos, to not read articles, to not do online training courses, to not do physical training courses, to not read about PowerShell or any other language. The real way, the only right way to learn about PowerShell is to learn by doing. Do what is in your current environment, your context. Build scripts that allow you to automate provisioning user accounts, creating virtual machines, deploying software. Do something that’s a pain point for you, not for anyone else. Don’t go through all these examples of the fictional Joe character had this thing, and perhaps he was in this environment and anybody, me included, we have to come up with fictional examples that replicate real-world experiences, based on […]

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Using Car Time as Learning Time

I have an eight-year-old daughter whom I drive to school every day. I didn’t use to, but I do now because not only does it give me a chance to get out and about—I work from home all the time and I rarely leave the house; once a week or once every two weeks—but, for the most part, it allows me to step back and think about things more. My daughter is a major introvert like me if you could believe that. She just likes to sit back there in the very back seat with her iPad and her headphones on. I like to take her to school to get the time to listen to podcasts. If you’re not listening to a podcast, any kind of educational podcast, then you are doing yourself a disservice. I enjoy using the podcatcher app DownCast but there are lots of others out there. […]

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