In this article, we are going to start with what we mean by ‘code quality’ and why it matters. Then, we’ll see how PSCodeHealth can help assess the quality and maintainability of a PowerShell project.
The output HTML of Jekyll-based sites may contain quite a lot a whitespace. This is especially noticeable with pages relying heavily on Liquid tags with conditional logic or looping.
Why does code complexity matter ? As Administrators or engineers, we deal with complexity all the time. We build, document, support and deploy complex systems on a pretty-much-daily basis. The expertise required to work with these systems is part of what makes us valuable. So why should we st...
When unit testing with Pester, mocking is pretty much unavoidable, especially for code related to infrastructure, configuration, or deployment. We don’t want our unit tests to touch files, databases, the registry, and not to mention the internet, do we ?
As you probably already know, when writing a DSC configuration, separating the environmental data from the configuration logic is a best practice. So all the environment-specific data gets stored in separate (typically .psd1) files. If you work with PowerShell DSC at medium-to-large scale, you (ho...
As you already know if you have read this or this, I’m a big fan of PSScriptAnalyzer to maintain a certain coding standard. This is especially powerful inside a release pipeline because this allows us to enforce that coding standard.
Nowadays, many IT shops look a lot like the first few pages of The Phoenix Project : lack of automation and communication which leads to manual and unpredictable deployments, which in turn, leads to firefighting.
Coding, especially in PowerShell, is not about remembering the exact syntax of how to do something, it is more about knowing how to try things out and to get the information we need to do whatever we need to accomplish.
I read Jeff Hicks’s article about “Dancing on the table with PowerShell”. The content is really quite fascinating (go read it !), but I got hung up on something.
Recently, I had to roll out an upgrade of our software for a customer. The upgrade failed for about 80 client machines (out of around 400). There was a lot of head-scratching and quite a few :