At my house, we try to live our life by a well-known saying attributed to French philosopher Voltaire: “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” This is a translation from the second line of his French poem La Bégueule, which itself is quoting a more ancient Italian proverb. It’s a common idea that perfection is a trap. You may be more used to modern restatements such as the 80/20 rule (the last 20% of the work takes 80% of the effort).
I’ve had an idea for several years to fill what I see is a gap in the Exchange community. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, trying to figure out the perfect way to do it. Today, I had a Voltaire moment: forget perfect.
So, without further ado, welcome to Devin on Exchange Tips (or #DoExTips for short). These are intended to be small posts that occur frequently, highlighting free scripts and tools that members of the global Exchange community have written and made available. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, and it doesn’t all come from Microsoft, and you don’t have to pay for it.
The tools and scripts I’ll highlight in DoExTips are not going to be finished products or polished. In many cases, they’ll take work to adapt to your environment. I’m going to quickly show you something I found that I’ve used as a starting point or spring board, not solve all your problems.
So, if you’ve got something you think should be highlighted as a DoExTip, let me know. (Don’t like the name? Blame Tom Clancy. I’ve been re-reading his Jack Ryan techno-thrillers and so military naming is on the brain.)