The worlds easiest way to create/install MshSnapins

Hopefully you’ve read the previous entries on how to create MshSnapins to include your own cmdlets/providers without having to create an entire separate executable (custom shell). If you didn’t or if you did and you don’t feel like writing the extra MshSnapin class to be used by InstallUtil.exe, you’re in luck. I wrote a little…

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Monad breaking change announcement: Approved verb names enforcement.

In order to prevent a mass usability nightmare with developers picking their own improvised cmdlet verbs, the Monad team, based on customer feedback, decided to enforce the use approved verbs.   The idea is to provide a more uniform and consistent interface to the end user. If a user needs to get something, he or…

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Write-Progress

Tony has a very cool series of Monad-oriented blog entries at: http://mshforfun.blogspot.com/ .  I was fascinated by this one: http://mshforfun.blogspot.com/2005/12/ncbi-blastn-under-msh-command-line.html  which exposes the NCBI BLAST tool via a command line.  Tony’s log explains what this tool does but what I found so cool was that it submitted a query for a Website, waited for results, retrived those…

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.NET types

In response to the recent Days till Xmas post, applepwc asked the question    >  where can I find more “.NET types”?I mean is there a list of “.NET type”  available in monad? Excellent question but there are a number of aspects to it so let’s break it down: .NET is a developer platform.  That platform contains a…

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Monad cmdlet cleanup update

As Jeffrey mentioned in an earlier Blog “Finding which parameters are used the most” The Monad team is in the process of cleaning up our cmdlets to promote a more consistent user experience. The following two areas which we are focused on might have impact on you:   Cmdlet Verb names consistency and Parameters naming…

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Days till Xmas

My daughter loves christmas.  She often asks me, “how long is it till christmas?”  The problem with that is that I’m one of those people that can barely remember what year it is much less the date.  Well, it is one thing to be a flawed person and its another thing to disappoint your daughter. …

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Finding which parameters are used the most

We are in the process of cleaning up our Cmdlets and ensuring that they are consistent.  One of the things we want to do is the ensure that we provide Aliases for ParameterNames.  As a general rule, parameternames are not pithy.  That is great for reading scripts but can be a pain during interactive sessions. …

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Invoking Scriptblocks from C#

Last time somebody asked for an example of a C# method that took a scriptblock.  First of all, there’s one very important thing you have to know about scriptblocks as they are currently implemented.  They can’t be invoked outside of a runspace.  Any attempt to do so will result in an exception.  Some of you…

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