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SQL Server. SSIS. PowerShell. Azure.
1 wife. 1 kid. 4 dogs. 10 cats.

I started working with Playwright by accident. YouTube has shown me a recommendation - a short film by Nick Chapsas (yt | t) about testing user interfaces with SpecFlow and Playwright. While I admire the SpecFlow, BDD and Gherkin ideas - I still haven’t convinced myself to use them. But Playwright + C# have drawn my attention. Then I found a webinar recording with Andrey Lushnikov, and I was sold on Playwright.

This year I took part in “Advent of Code” - a challenge with the series of puzzles to solve using any programming language. I tried two years ago but resigned after the first day. This year was different, as we set the internal leaderboards, and I had a motivation to test my skills. My initial idea was to use only the PowerShell, but after some talks, I thought “maybe it’s a good moment to start learning go lang”?

Decision was made. And announced. And deadline set - so I will look stupid if I don’t do it. Something that was a strong decision started weakening. But setting a goal, and telling your friends about it is a strong motivator. Not to mention the WordPress annoyances during the transition period.

I blog with WordPress since the 17th of February 2009. At first, I used a blog-as-a-service approach, as I wanted just to start writing and see how it goes, not building all the infrastructure. I was writing for myself, to document interesting things I found during my adventures with SQL Server.

One of the new YAML pipeline steps I prepared recently involved interaction with work items. I wanted to add the comments to the task (with the task ID extracted from some file). So, I created a PowerShell step that was executing Invoke-WebRequest (with try/catch logic, obviously), the process finished successfully, but nothing happened. I mean - the comments were not there. Uhmmmm, why?! The log analysis gave me a slight hint about what was wrong (as seen in the post header picture):

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Posts about SQL Server, SSIS and automation for my future self, but you might find something useful.