Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Trick: Fun With Parameter Binding: The Fake Parameter Set Trick

I’ve been hearing a lot of questions recently about what things you can do with advanced functions.  People seem to be aching for good examples of using PowerShell V2 functions, and, since I’ve discovered a few handy tricks for advanced functions, I thought I’d start to share them there in a series called “Fun with…

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Microcode: A Quick Trick to turn regular XML into Xaml

MSDN has tons of examples about XAML.  Nearly everything in WPF has an example in XAML, but not all of these XAML examples actually reference the namespace that is required for this Xaml to be loadable by WPF.  It’s still valid XML, just not valid XAML. Here’s a quick example of what I mean.  I…

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Microcode: PowerShell + XNA: New-SpriteFont

As I said in a previous post, I’ve started to explore the wild world of XNA. XNA just released version 3, which allows you to make games for Windows, Xbox, and Zune. The SDK is free, and you can download it here. The last post introduced Get-Font, a quick function that lets me see what…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Get-Font

I’ve started to explore the wild world of XNA. XNA just released version 3, which allows you to make games for Windows, Xbox, and Zune. The SDK is free, and you can download it here. It comes with a nifty little platformer game (think a 3-screen Super Mario Brothers), which helps a lot with the…

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Microcode: Cool Posts: Visual Studio Tips & Tricks

Benko just posted a Visual Studio Tips & Tricks listing.  It’s missing on of my favorites, which a coworker on the PowerShell team, Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, showed me: In a couple of circumstances, you’ll see a red squiggle (like a syntax error) at the end of a line.  This squiggle occurs when you’re renaming something,…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Scripting The Web (Part 2) (Get-MarkupTag)

The first post about scripting the was a lot of waxing philosophical but little about how to extract data and give it form.  There are several approaches, with various difficulties.  I could build a full HTML parser and walk though object models, or I could use the object model of IE.  Since I personally like…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Scripting The Web (Part 1) (Get-Web)

Several of the last posts have tackled how to take the wild world of data and start to turn it into PowerShell objects, so that it’s easier to make heads or tails out of it.  Once all of that data is in a form that PowerShell can use more effectively in the object pipeline, you…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: More Joy of Hashtables (with Get-HashtableAsObject)

I recently did two different "in depth" posts.  One on The Joy Of Hashtables and another on Select-Object versus Add-Member.  At the end of Select-Object vs Add-Member, I hinted at more convenient ways to write objects that used Script Properties.  Script Properties are particularly useful because, unlike Note Properties, they are evaluated when they are…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: The Joy of using Hashtables with Windows PowerShell

PowerShell is full of nice little touches.  While some of these touches are easy to run across, like Get-Command and Get-Help, there are also a lot of little ones that are very small changes that make working with some parts of PowerShell (and .NET) a whole lot easier.  One area that’s got a lot of…

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