March 2013

The Basics of Windows Scripts

by Jason Green on March 26, 2013 · 0 comments

Windows scripts are used to control all the aspects of Windows. They are created using a powerful scripting language that this operating system has built-in. The basics of Windows scripts for Windows XP are what we will talk about here. You must also know that Windows 98 was the first operating system of Microsoft with scripting included. If you want to finish your job easier and faster you need to create Windows scripts. You will just need to use your computer to get this help. As you have experienced, computers are one of the most helpful devices invented by the human mind. But if you want to finish your tasks in the computer in the shortest time possible you need Windows scripts.

In the next lines we are going to talk about what you can do using Windows scripts. We will talk about variables, importance of scripts, OCR, comments, how to create your first script and many other interesting things.

There are many Windows applications to automate all your tasks. You can use standard programming paradigms to go beyond step repetition. You will also find many of them with OCR techniques included. This way you will recognize the most difficult words. Your Windows scripts can be run via schedule with the use of the Task Scheduler. This computer program is included in every copy of Windows.

We just need to launch the Notepad to start off creating Windows scripts. These are the names of other editors you can use: SciTE, Scintilla and Script Editor. But most of the time Notepad will be enough. When you finish writing the script you need to give it the .VBS extension.

If you want to write out your first script, please open your Notepad and type the following line: wscript.echo “Hello World” and that is all. If you double click on the file a pop up will show up with “Hello World” in it. But you can also use the command prompt and type “cscript hello.vbs” as well.

If you are a programmer, you will need to comment your programs if you want to know what they are all about in the future. A comment will not be seen by anyone but you. Your program will not be affected in any way if you write comments. Others will know what a piece of code is all about if you comment on it. To write a comment in a VBS file you just need to type REM at the beginning of the line and start off writing in the same line your comment. If an error happens, Windows will let you know about it. It will also let you know about the line that has the error.

All Windows scripts use variables to store strings and values. All you need to do to give a value to a variable is to type its name followed by the = sign. For example, ‘store = 24’ will be fine. The variable “store” holds the value “24” in the previous example. To create input boxes you will use the following command: InputBox(“message”). For example, store = InputBox(“What is your store?”) will display an input box asking for a store name. The value of the input box will be stored in the variable “store”.

If you want to really speed up your tasks you need to get the help of a computer. Windows scripts are here to make your dream come true. You can automate almost anything in Windows and this is thanks to the help of Windows scripts. As you have seen in the above lines, creating a script in windows is not rocket science. If you want to automate Windows using scheduled task you need to use the Task Scheduler.

You must also remember that you need to comment almost all the pieces of your scripts. The reason is that if anyone will ever need to modify your script, he/she will know what your program is all about if you leave comments on it as we said above. This is a very easy task and you will avoid a lot of problems in the future. Windows scripts are here to stay because your productivity will be enhanced using them. You need to automate most of your tasks and Windows scripts, the Task Scheduler and many other tools will help you a lot.

What is Windows PowerShell?

by Jason Green on March 19, 2013 · 0 comments

This should give a very high-level of what Windows PowerShell is for anyone who really just doesn’t know what PowerShell is all about.

Overview

Windows PowerShell is used by System Administrators who write in a task based scripting and command line language system. IT System Administrators use this scripting language to automate the administration of Windows Operating Systems, as well as other applications that are run on Windows. This system also allows IT Administrators to be able to use commands to manage all of the computers in a network from the command line.

Features

PowerShell offers many features that will simplify a System Administrators job. One feature the program provides is by having a navigation system that is based on commands, which lets the Administrator browse through a computers’ registry database, as well as any other data storage areas. The way the program is designed is to use a common syntax and naming system, so data between computers can be shared easily.

Complex Tasks

When using this program for completing complex and tedious tasks, System Administrators are able to use a combination of simple command tools in the program in order to complete tasks, instead of issuing the commands out separately. This system houses over one hundred different commands to use; or the user may create their own commands, and then share them among other power users.

Data Accessibility

With Powershell, a System Administrator is able to access their computer file system. The shell system is also able to give the administrator access to other computers data storage areas and registries just as easily.

New Language

When using the Powershell system, the user of the system will realize that it does not use any other existing shell system languages. The reason why this system has its own language is because it needs to manage the .NET Framework objects. The shell system had to have an advanced system when dealing with the higher level programming systems, such as C#.

Using Commands

A System Administrator is able to use command line programs inside of the shell system. The system is also able to start a graphics interface which can run a program like Notepad at the shell prompt. When using the Powershell commands, a power user is able to use the select-string feature to change Windows Programs text.

Processing Objects

When a System Administrator is using Powershell, they are essentially using the framework for .NET objects. This new language system will enable an Administrator to be able to think in objects. A user can think of an object as a data entity that has different properties, which are similar to what characteristics are. When working with objects of the same type and properties, they will often have different values for each of the properties.

Windows Powershell is able to simplify the way a System Administrator runs commands. They will be able to access data storage areas from different computers as easily as they can open a file on their own computer. This system also simplifies the way to enter commands in programs by combining the tools in order to complete a task.