Anne Grubb and I are on a mission. Scripting is taking center stage in the August issue of Windows IT Pro. We need to find a super scripter--an IT Pro Hero in the scripting world--that we can put in the spotlight.
You don't need to have superhero powers like Superman or the Bionic Women to be an IT Pro Hero. And you don't need to have a corner office with a bird's eye view. We're looking for a regular Joe or Joanna whose scripting skills saved the day by solving a serious problem, saving a lot of money, or automating a very time-consuming task.
If you fit this bill, don't be shy and tell us your story. Tell us about the situation you faced, how your script remedied that situation, and the results of using that script. For good examples of the type of story we're looking for, check out "Crouching Server, Hidden Memory Leak" (http://www.windowsitpro.com/Articles/ArticleID/47770/47770.html) and "Scripts Save Small Company Some Considerable Cash" (http://www.windowsitpro.com/Windows/Article/ArticleID/46968/46968.html). You don't need to be a Windows IT Pro subscriber to view these articles.
As the examples show, your story doesn't need to be that long--only about 800 to 1000 words. When you send us your story, please include the code file. Although we won't publish the script in the magazine, we'll include a link to it so that readers can download it. That way, if readers find themselves in a similar situation, they can check out your script and possibly adapt it for use in their environment.
Please send your stories to me at email@example.com or Anne Grubb, Windows IT Pro senior editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to have your story by June 1. If your story is chosen, you'll not only get to be in the spotlight but also get $200 and a copy of the issue in which your story appears.
Speaking of being in the spotlight, I'd like to thank Joshua Arzt, David Gray, James Troy, Tad Sherrill, and Bill McEvoy for responding to last month's column and sending me their scripts and code snippets. You're scripting heroes in my book!