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intermediate PowerShell (use variables, common PowerShell built-in cmdlets, conditional and loop statements)
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read text files • use delimiter characters • basic regex • extract substrings from text • arrays and array indexes • create custom objects • add properties to objects
Fernando Corrales
1 week · 8-10 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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You’re a PowerShell developer working for XYZ Services Company, a consulting and outsourcing firm that recently experienced a massive failure in its IT infrastructure. While it’s working on getting the environment back up and running, you’ve been given the critical, time-sensitive task of helping avoid payroll delays. The good news is the company’s employee directory has already been extracted. The bad news is it’s been saved as plain text files, a hard-to-work-with format for payroll purposes. Applying PowerShell best practices, you’ll write scripts that parse text data and convert it into objects that are in a payroll-manageable format.

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Fernando Corrales
Fernando Corrales is a cloud engineer with several years of IT experience in multinational companies. He’s worked extensively with VMware products, focusing on private cloud automation with PowerCLI and PowerShell, in addition to delivering PowerShell training for some of his recent employers. Fernando holds several technical degrees from the Tecnológico de Costa Rica and has a personal blog:


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