Powershell: Building Micro Modules

I am a big fan of modules as a way to package and distribute PowerShell functions. I create modules all the time and I tend to use a fairly robust set of build and release scripts. More recently, I have wanted to release an individual advanced function as a module but I felt that my existing process was a bit much. So I started building micro modules instead.

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Powershell: Jira module project

Let me tell you about a Jira module that I have been building over the last two weeks. I have been thinking about creating my own module for a while now. After talking about my idea after a recent PowerShell user group, I was given a lot of positive feedback on the idea. So I decided to jump in and write it.

To set the stage here, I work with the JiraPS quite a bit. Our development cycle has deeply integrated Jira into the workflow so we have quite a bit of automation around Jira issues. There are times that we push JiraPS harder than it was intended to be pushed.

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2018: What have you done with PowerShell this year?

Over on /r/PowerShell, we share with each other everything that we have done with PowerShell every month and reflect on that at the end of the year. This has been a big year for me. Not only have I been able to work on some great projects professionally, I also received a lot of recognition this year for my community efforts. As I reflect back on this year, I accomplished way more than I expected.

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Tags: Review

Powershell: DependsOn Module

One nice feature of a DSC configuration is that all resources support specifying a DependsOn property that ensures that the resources that it depends on are ran first. Every once in a while, I find myself wanting to use that feature in other scripts. I created a module called DependsOn to do that for me.

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Powershell: How to create a Standard Library Binary Module

I recenty had an idea for module that I wanted to implement as a binary module. I have yet to create one using the PowerShell Standard Library so this felt like a good opportunity. I was able to use the Creating a cross-platform binary module guide to create this module without any roadblocks. We are going to walk that same process and I’ll add a little extra commentary along the way.

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Powershell: ConvertTo-Breakpoint

I was just at the PowerShell and DevOps Summit last week. It was great to meet so many of the people that I have worked with online. I also walked way with several ideas that I wanted to work on.

One idea came to me while sitting in Kirk Munro’s session on debugging. I was writing a lot of notes and reflecting on how I was debugging my scripts. Then I realized I could make a simple function to make it easier.

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Tags: PowerShell

Powershell: The PowerShell News Podcast

If you have a few minutes, I would like you to check out The PowerShell News Podcast. The Podcast is hosted by two Microsoft MVPs, Mick Pletcher and Harjit Dhaliwal. They have several episodes posted that cover a good range of PowerShell topics.

I met with Mick in person on his travels back from the MVP Summit and we connected with Harjit remotely for their latest episode, Episode 6 - Interview with Kevin Marquette from the SoCal PowerShell User Group. We talked about the SoCal PowerShell User Group, the great team that I work with at loanDepot, and a bit about my contributions to the PowerShell community.

I look forward to listening to their future episodes and connecting with them again in the future.

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Tags: Podcast