Chapter 27. Never the end

We’ve come to nearly the end of this book, but it’s hardly the end of your PowerShell exploration. There’s a lot more in the shell to learn, and based on what you’ve learned in this book, you’ll be able to teach yourself much of it. This short chapter will help point you in the right direction.

27.1. Ideas for further exploration

This book has focused on the skills and techniques that you need to be an effective PowerShell tool user. In other words, you should be able to start accomplishing tasks using all of the thousands of commands that are available for PowerShell, whether your needs relate to Windows, Exchange, SharePoint, or something else.

Your next step is to start combining commands to create automated, multistep processes, and to do so in a way that produces packaged, ready-to-use tools for other people. We call that toolmaking, and it’s the topic of its own complete book, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches (Manning, 2012). But even with what you’ve learned in this book, you can produce parameterized scripts that contain as many commands as you need to complete a task—that’s the beginning of toolmaking.

What else does toolmaking involve?

27.2. “Now that I’ve read the book, where do I start?”

27.3. Other resources you’ll grow to love