Introducing Jakub Jareš – Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Jakub works as a software developer at Microsoft, developing testing platform, which allows users to run C# and C++ tests under Visual Studio, dotnet, and on continuous integration servers.

In his spare time, he maintains Pester, the testing framework for PowerShell.

How long have you been using PowerShell?

I first heard about PowerShell in 2009 and used it to run some code from a blog post. It was interesting concept but I did not have serious need for it, until the end of 2012.

What got you started?

In 2012 I came up with an idea to migrate an internal tool from VBScript to PowerShell. That tool had thousands of lines of code, it was fed csv files and had multiple forms for data input. I joined powershell.com forums, and read the amazing PowerShell in Action book, to learn it, and I fell in love with PowerShell. I was ultimately able to migrate the tool, and author multiple new tools. Skip almost ten years ahead, and I am still glad to have PowerShell in my back pocket to help me with daily tasks.

Whats the favourite thing you have done with PowerShell?

I am really glad I joined Pester (https://github.com/pester/pester). It started by creating my first GitHub pull request to change some colors in output. And became an integral part of my life. It got me familiar with developing open source software, and ultimately helped me get where I am now.

Have you ever been to PsConfEU before?

Yes, and it was always an amazing experience. It is my favorite PowerShell conference.

What do you know about it?

PSConfEU is the best PowerShell conference you can attend in Europe, to meet other people interested in PowerShell. It is great place to meet with developers of your favorite PowerShell tools, or with developers from PowerShell team.

How has PowerShell impacted your career?

PowerShell bootstrapped my career by being so approachable and having a great community that I am proud to be part of. If there was no PowerShell I might have still been just sitting in the same position, filling out Excel sheets by hand. Instead, I got interested in PowerShell and interested in challenging myself to do something new. I learned PowerShell and rewrote a tool. Then I wrote new tools. Then I found myself in the need of a testing framework and joined Pester. Pester helped me learn about software testing, and open-source development. I saw that I could learn PowerShell and Pester rather easily, so I went and learned C#. I wrote more tools. Then I tried changing careers and became a software developer. I finished few projects in C# and learned F# then TypeScript. I feel like I own all of that to being able to do the first step so easily.

Thank you so much Jakub, we are looking forward to seeing you next year

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