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  • Blog Post: Quick Creation of Text Files From the Command Line

    It's a sunny day here in the Seattle area, so let's have some command line fun. :) Have you ever needed to create a small text file while working at a command line? I've been using the following technique since my MS-DOS days. Creating files at the command line is very simple, using the copy command...
  • Blog Post: What was that cool thing you just did? - Addendum: Clearing the command history

    I was at a retirement party recently when, as often happens, talk turned to the "old days". I was talking to one of the attendees about doskey and how useful it still is. He asked, "Have you ever used Alt+F7 ?". I had to admit that I hadn't. When I got back from the party, I gave it a quick try. I must...
  • Blog Post: Saving time when navigating directories at the Command Prompt using pushd and popd

    It's been a little while since I posted one of my favorite command line 'tricks'... Windows XP (NT/2000/2003/etc) has two commands (pushd and popd) that save me huge amounts of time when navigating my machine's file system from a Command Prompt window. What these handy commands do is to create a virtual...
  • Blog Post: What was that cool thing you just did?

    Back when I started at Microsoft, the big product was MS-DOS 5. Of all the features in MS-DOS 5, my hands down favorite (and one I still use today) was DosKey. You remember DosKey... It was the utility that made F7 one of the most useful keys on your keyboard. Prior to starting here, I was a MS-DOS 3...
  • Blog Post: Building a simple NetCF application from the command line - VB.NET version

    A couple of weeks ago, I promised to post the VB.NET equivalent to my C# command line example . Today, I'm going to show you how to do the same thing with the VB.NET command line compiler. In the C# post, I suggested adding the following environment variable to your sdkvars.bat file: set NETCFLIBS="c...
  • Blog Post: Building a simple NetCF application from the command line - C# version

    Now that NetCF is part of the .NET Framework v2 SDK, I get asked how to build applications using the command line tools. Today I'm going to show how to build a simple (single source file) C# application using csc.exe. For more complicated applications (more than one source file, building DLL assemblies...
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