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Almost all modern languages rely on word order to convey meaning. Were I to say, “the ball fell,” you’d know what I meant. I’m talking about a ball, and something it did, which was to fall. If I said, “the fell ball,” I’d be conveying an entirely different meaning, that of a ball which is vicious and cruel, turning “fell” from a verb into an adjective simply by placement. But this word order situation hasn’t always been the norm.

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Nelson asks:

Reading books versus watching videos or a combination of both to evolve in your career? I am actually trying to evolve in my career as a Windows Systems Administrator and since a few months already, I am trying to learn the most I can about PowerShell. I feel that I am in low intermediate level. I am almost ending my first book written by you “PowerShell in a Months of Lunches” and looking forward to continue with the others. Trying to automate many routine tasks at my actual job in a successful way till now. But honestly, is really hard sometimes to advance with the speed I would wish to. Nevertheless, and since there are so many different companies providing studies through videos, I sometimes have the doubt if by only watching videos might be good enough to increase the level of knowledge or it is really recommended a combination of both (books and videos together). The lack of time for normal persons like me with family and kids might tend to prioritize the videos. But can you really get to the next level by only doing that?

I hope you’ll ask a question, too! And here’s the list of everything asked so far.

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Back in late 2017, I asked y’all to ask me questions. Anything. It was, in part a cheat that I’ll readily admit to – answering questions is a lot easier than coming up with new blog post topics every week. And you came through! I’ve answered about 50 of your questions this year (and here’s the list of everything asked, with answers).

Now, at the closing of the year, it’s time to take a break. I’ll be off until 2019, coming up with whatever the plan will be for 2019’s blogs. But 2018 has been a blast for me. You’ve asked some great questions about career management, technology, some seriously random stuff, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it – and hope you have too. You’re welcome to keep asking questions, and maybe that can be part of next year’s schedule as well.

In the meantime, I hope this holiday season brings you and your loved ones much cheer and well-being. See you in a couple of weeks.

PS. If there’s a type of blog post you’ve especially enjoyed or would like to see, please drop a comment right here. I’ll do my best to work it in!


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