Microsoft Automatic Graph Layout coming to NuGet

Previously, I mentioned that MSAGL was open-sourced an available on GitHub. The good news today is that MSAGL will now also be available on NuGet.org as a pre-built binary package! We are just kicking off the process now so a “beta” prerelease NuGet package of an older build is available on NuGet.org. Once we work…

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U-SQL Job Graph Playback from SQL PASS 2015

I had the opportunity to demonstrate one of the coolest features at SQL PASS 2015 this afternoon. U-SQL Job “Playback”  You can watch the video here: The video doesn’t have any audio so let me explain a bit what’s going on. I ran a simple U-SQL script that read a small amount of data –…

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The Azure Data Lake announcement

I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while – and now you know why. I’ve been spending the past few years working on something very special “Azure Data Lake” Today’s announcement is the first step in a journey to help bring a “data culture” to everyone.   Azure Data Lake https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/data-lake/   Announcement on the…

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Microsoft Automatic Graph Layout (MSAGL) is now on GitHub

MSAGL is just an amazing piece of work. I’ve been using MSAGL for years in various projects – for example as part of my VisioAutomation work. And now MSAGL is available to everyone on GitHub! https://github.com/Microsoft/automatic-graph-layout Start cloning!

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Creating a Start Menu Shortcut with Powershell and Python

[UPDATE 2008-05-13] Updated this post to use syntax Powershell 1.0 syntax instead of the original Monad syntax. A simple example that shows you how to create Start Menu shortcut. This example illustrates how to get the location of a windows “Special Folder” create and call methods on a COM object call methods on a .NET Framework…

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Merging My Assemblies with ILMERGE

I’ve been working on my VisioAutomation project for years now – it appeared on CodePlex in 2009 if I recall correctly but existed for a few years before that. In any case, as the library has grown, one thing I was never satisfied with was the number of DLLs that needed to be included to…

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Easily Create MSIs to Install PowerShell Modules

Developed a PowerShell module lately? Want to be like all the cool kids and have an MSI installer for it? Don’t want to learn WIX? Ok, I can help you. I have a small script I developed that does exactly this. Essentially you point it at a folder, give it some info (like the name…

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Remove Source Control Bindings from Visual Studio Solutions and Projects

Ever need to share your Visual Studio solution or projects with someone? The Problem You ZIP up a folder with your code and send it. If your project is under source control – one that is integrated with Visual Studio – you will likely hear from the recipient of your code. They will be complaining…

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Need help translating from C# or Python to PowerShell?

I love PowerShell but keep forgetting the syntax for common things. So, I wrote up a small guide to help me translate from one to the other   http://viziblr.com/news/2012/7/5/translating-between-powershell-c-and-python.html    

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