FYI: A Few Notes and One Question (from Scripting Newswire by the MSScripting Guys)

Discussion in 'Scripting' started by Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Nov 4, 2003.

  1. This e-mail that the Microsoft's "Scripting Guys" just sent out contains a lot
    of useful information.

    Also, if TechNet Tools Center becomes a reality, it is a step in the right
    direction for MS command line tools...

    Subject: Scripting Newswire: A Few Notes and One Question


    Hey all. First a few quick notes, and then a question.

    This Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific time, the Scripting Guys will
    be presenting another Webcast, this one showing you how to create your own HTAs
    (Hypertext Applications). We asked you guys which topic you'd like to see us
    cover in our next Webcast, you voted for Creating HTAs, and we're actually
    doing what you, our customers, asked us to do.

    And, yes, we really DO work for Microsoft.

    At any rate, to pre-register for the Webcast, point your browser here:;Culture=en-US

    To go along with the Webcast, we've created a .zip file containing the slides,
    the sample HTAs, and a couple other extra goodies. If you're planning to listen
    in we highly recommend that you download the .zip file; that way, you'll be
    able to follow along at home. And even if you're not planning to listen in, you
    might find the ,zip file useful anyway; after all, it does have a lot of
    samples, and it does have -- drumroll, please -- the HTA Helpomatic, a nifty
    little utility that can help you get started along the path to becoming a
    world-famous HTA writer. Regardless, you'll soon be able to find here:

    (In fact, by the time you get this message, it should already be there.)

    Also, we should point you to a brand-new Tales from the Script column, this one
    talking about how scripting can actually help you make your computers MORE

    And, finally, if you haven't already discovered it, there's a new Help file
    jam-packed with all the Script Center scripts, a Help file that can be
    downloaded from here:

    To tell you the truth, this is a much nicer way to find scripts than by using
    the Script Center itself. It's organized a bit better, and it has a full-text
    search as well. Definitely worth taking a minute or two to download it (I think
    it's 1.6 megabytes in size, something like that).

    What's that? How come we don't just add new categories and a full-text search
    to the Script Center? Boy, you guys don't know much about how Microsoft works,
    do you?

    Actually, we're working on that. But these things definitely take time here.

    And now for the question. A proposal has been made to create a TechNet Tools
    Center. This would be roughly akin to the Script Center, except it would be
    focused on all the command line tools Microsoft has ever created. (Well, at
    least those from NT 4.0 on anyway.) Details are still being debated, but most
    likely the Tools Center would include:

    * Some nicely-indexed method for finding a tool that performs a particular
    * All the documentation for all the tools gathered in one place.
    * Updates to tools and tool documentation.
    * The ability to download tools individually. (Right now, for example, you can
    download the Windows 2003 Resource Kit tools, but you have to download and
    install the entire set of tools, even if you only want one.)

    At any rate, that's the idea. So what's my question? Well, as is typically the
    case here, some people think this is a really good idea and something customers
    will love, other people think it's a really bad idea and something customers
    will hate. Seeing as how most of you ARE customers, we decided to quit arguing
    about what we THINK customers will or will not like, and just ask you straight
    out: Would you be interested in seeing a Tools Center on TechNet? Would you be
    likely to patronize the Tools Center? Do you have any suggestions for things
    you think absolutely MUST be in such a Center?

    If you have any thoughts on the matter (or just want to reply with a YES or
    NO), I'd love to hear from you. I'll collect responses for a week or two, and
    then forward them on to the powers that be. And, I'll keep you all posted on
    the consensus.

    Thanks, guys. Like I said, if you have any thoughts at all on the matter, I'd
    love to hear them.

    Greg Stemp
    Microsoft Scripting Guy


    Send an e-mail to e.g. (with ref. to Greg Stemp) if you
    want to give some feedback on the above (if you subscribe to the Scripting
    Newswire, you will have Greg Stemp's e-mail address as well)...
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Nov 4, 2003
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  2. Incredible! Next thing you know we'll be sitting round the table with
    the ECMA and W3C.
    It depends on what's stopping it? Political or technical? If it's
    technical, I can't see the problem, unless it's something to do with
    clustering and load-balancing?
    Yes, I like this. One thing I find annoying about "technet" vs "tools"
    vs "MSDN", is that not all the info is searchable in one place. It's
    like you can fire up MSDN with all 3 CDs, and do a search on "showgrps"
    only to find the refs are not there. You then have to rumage around for
    some obscure CHM file to get the reskit syntax.
    Gerry Hickman, Nov 4, 2003
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  3. Political, no doubt about it...
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Nov 5, 2003
  4. Torgeir Bakken (MVP)

    name Guest

    ... it's almost a FrontPage Express replacement :)

    Seen better an application from you Jean.

    name, Nov 5, 2003
  5. Torgeir Bakken (MVP)

    name Guest

  6. LOL!
    Gerry Hickman, Nov 5, 2003
  7. Gerry Hickman, Nov 5, 2003
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