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handle errors • get data from external sources • PowerShell Gallery • Windows Task Scheduler
William Wade
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Your manager at RetroToy, an online retailer that sells replacement parts to toy and game hobbyists, needs product data downloaded from a vendor’s API. As an IT professional for the company, this task falls to you. You’ll connect to the data using Invoke-RestMethod, which will automatically parse the JSON result as PSCustomObjects. You’ll handle errors with PowerShell’s Try/Catch/Finally statement, ensuring your code behaves as expected. You’ll also save yourself time and effort by taking advantage of PowerShell Gallery, a central repository for PowerShell content, to find and install a third-party script for logging errors. With Task Scheduler, you’ll automate your daily tasks, giving yourself the freedom to focus on more productive endeavors.

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William Wade

William Wade is a freelance developer specializing in software automation. As the founder of Dirigo Software Solutions, he pursues his passion for helping businesses leverage technology to improve their productivity. He speaks to local IT user groups about PowerShell and automation.


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