The Powershell community and product team are awesome
OK, I already knew this, but how cool is it that you can tweet a question and have bunch people mobilize to help!
Powershell version numbering is wacked
Let’s fix this in Version 3. Please vote for my connection item to add a version property consistent across all platforms to $psversiontable
Tweeter moves faster than blogs. Blogs move faster than support articles
If I have a question that can easily be expressed in under 140 characters and isn’t too obscure I’ll use Tweeter. Usually I get some really good answers. There used to be a time when the first step to troubleshooting problems with Microsoft products was to search http://support.microsoft.com or going back in the real olden days the TechNet CD’s. Today the idea of looking at a KB article is often an afterthought done when Google/Bing turn up nothing. It would seem even product teams teams would rather blog than initiate a knowledge article. Not that this is a bad thing, personally I’d rather have the information delivered faster in a blog post. Support articles are generated by customer’s calls. When several customers call about the same issue a KB article is published. So, by putting the information out in a blog this may reduce customer calls which then mean no KB article. One last thought on KB articles, not only are they slow to produce, but because they are purely text based they simply haven’t kept pace with how people like to see information . Some of the most helpful blog posts I’ve found for troubleshooting an issue include screen prints or maybe even a video. It is more and more often that I’ll find the answer to problem or setup question in some helpful person’s blog.
For some reason which I don’t fully understand the Powershell team can’t pull down the Powershell CTP download
The problem with not pulling CTP releases is that people will mistakenly grab a CTP instead of a release version. This problem is compounded by search engines returning the Powershell Version 2 CTP download when searching for “Powershell Version 2 Download.” I don’t know if Powershell bloggers who included links to CTP downloads in posts prior to release contribute to the search engine problem or not, but to be safe my suggestion — don’t include links to CTP releases in future posts for unreleased products. The CTP releases are generally pulled from download shortly after a product is released. I don’t know what is common practice as far as timing, but I do know I can’t find old CTP releases of SQL Server (or maybe I’m not looking hard enough). If you have an insight into CTP releases, please comment.