On Friday, July 6th, The PowerShell Conference Book was made available for purchase on Leanpub. This book includes chapters from over 30 PowerShell experts and covers a wide array of topics. You can think of each chapter like a separate conference talk given by a different speaker, hence the title. Imagine an entire three or four-day conference distilled down into book form. Each chapter is about PowerShell but covers different use-cases and scenarios. Most of them are technical in nature and they all contain gems that you should find useful in your day-to-day job.
Mike approached me back in May asking if I’d be interested in collaborating on a new book and I was an immediate YES! I chose a slightly different approach with my chapter in that it is not technical at all. Instead, I wanted to focus on how PowerShell itself is an enabling technology that can be a gateway to implementing DevOps processes. My chapter discusses what DevOps is and is not, and how various PowerShell-based projects can enable a DevOps mindset.
Being a agile published book, it is currently ~25% complete and new chapters are being released as they are finished. Anyone who purchases the book will get the updates as they are published. The best part is that ALL royalties are donated to the OnRamp Scholarship program run by The DevOps Collective. The goal of the scholarship program is to help underrepresented groups of people who are new in their careers by giving them a jump start into the IT field, and to help create a more inclusive community overall.
I’m proud to be a part of this effort and I encourage everyone to do their part and buy this book. You will not only be helping yourself by gaining some useful knowledge but will also be helping someone just getting started.