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  • Blog Post: New-Workflow –MakeItEasy: Authoring Workflows using PowerShell Extended Syntax

    Some time back, in his blog post , Jeffrey Snover introduced one of the new Windows PowerShell 3.0 feature – Windows PowerShell Workflow . In that post, you saw a glimpse of how to author workflows using PowerShell syntax. This post dives into more details of authoring workflows using PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: New V3 Language Features

    We’ve already discussed the biggest new PowerShell language feature – workflows – in a previous post. In this post, I’m going to describe a number of small changes we’ve made to the language. Most of the changes described here don’t introduce any new syntax, but I...
  • Blog Post: Many² ways you can set a variable value

    There are many ways to set a variable's value. I just learnt one more yesterday. If you have others, please add comments # Simple # $ gets the variable, and = will assign it $a = 1 # With Variable Scope # The prepend is the scope, and could be global, script, and others # Useful when you want...
  • Blog Post: Using a DSL to generate XML in PowerShell

    A while back, Jeffrey posted an article on how to use string expansion and XML casts to build XML documents in-line in a PowerShell script: http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2007/05/29/using-powershell-to-generate-xml-documents.aspx The overall feel of the approach that Jeffrey described...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell in Action

    Well folks, at long last, my book is almost done :-) Before it goes out for print, you can get electronic copies through Manning's early access program: http://www.manning.com/payette/ The early access program is a chance for readers to provide feedback on a book so the author can fix things...
  • Blog Post: Joel-On-Software on the power of a good language

    Joel Spolsky of Joel-On-Software fame, just posted a blog, "Can Your Programming Language Do This?" http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/08/01.html In this article, he drives home the point that when it comes to code: Maintainability, Readability, Abstraction == Good! He then points out how languages...
  • Blog Post: Issues with Windows PowerShell syntax

    REI recently posted some comments/requests about Windows PowerShell syntax at: http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2006/04/25/583273.aspx#675133 Let's go through a few of the points. ...the syntax was just way too cryptic and unintuitive. Often it's even dangerous. Like this: #PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Indirectly Invoking Methods Via Variablenames

    PSMDTAG:FAQ: Can I specify a methodname using a variable? e.g. $x.$y() PSMDTAG:FAQ: Why do I get METHOD metadata when I specify a method without providing parentheses? One of the great things about Windows PowerShell is that it is a latebound language which allows you to do all sorts of incredibly...
  • Blog Post: Type Shortcuts

    PSMDTAG:FAQ: What is a TYPE SHORTCUT? PSMDTAG:FAQ: What are the TYPE SHORTCUTS? Type shortcuts are a Windows PowerShell feature that allows you to reduce the amount of typing you have to do when specifying a type. For example, the following 2 statements produce the same result: [System...
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