I'm in Barcelona in TechEd and tomorrow I'm going to be doing a chalk talk on SQL Server Management Objects (SMO). Although I'd usually done my SMO coding in C#, I decided (based on my co-author Dan Sullivan's blog post on the subject) to try out using Powershell along with SMO. So, although when most folks think of SQL "scripts" being lines of code written in T-SQL, with SMO and Powershell the term "SQL scripts" takes on a somewhat different meaning. If you're at TechEd, stop by and we'll write some new-fangled "SQL scripts". Although some things that SMO does actually generate registry changes, the "real" T-SQL equivalents for most things SMO are still available using the SMO scripter.
Extended events has firmly established itself as the premier diagnostic feature in SQL Server and SQL Server 2016 brings along more events to correspond to