Windows Script Host

Windows Script Host

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Windows Script Host (WSH) gives anyone, from intermediate users to experienced systems administrators, the ability to save time and reduce errors by automating many system, application, and file-related tasks in Windows 9x, Windows ME, and Windows 2000. In this book, expert developer and best-selling author Peter G. Aitken offers in-depth coverage of Windows scripting with both VBScript and JScript. Master the Windows file system and scripting object models; learn the most effective ways to run, schedule, and distribute scripts; and discover practical techniques for scripting virtually every aspect of the Windows environment. For all intermediate to advanced-level Windows users, including both administrators and power users.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 177.8 x 234.4 x 27.7mm | 786.28g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130287016
  • 9780130287014

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter ends with Overview.)

1. Windows Script Host Fundamentals.

Background. Unix Scripting. The DOS Batch Language. Windows Scripting. How WSH Works. What Can WSH Do? WSH Operation. Scripting Technology. Two Scripting Utilities. WSH Languages. WSH and Objects.

2. The WSH Object Model.

Objects. Object References. Object Properties. Object Methods. Collections. The WshCollection Object. The FileSystemObject. The Dictionary Object. The Wscript Object. Obtaining Host Information. Script Interactivity. Terminating a Script. Setting a Timeout. Working with Objects. The WshShell Object. The WshEnvironment Object. The WshSpecialFolders Object. Working with Shortcuts. Displaying Popup Messages. Working with the Registry. Running Programs. The WshNetwork Object. Obtaining User Information. Working with Printers. Managing Network Drives.

3. Creating, Running, and Scheduling Scripts.

Creating Your Scripts. Online Documentation. Running Scripts. Script Shortcuts. Scheduling Scripts.

4. Working with Script Arguments, .WSH Files, and Web.

Scripting. Script Arguments. WSH Files. WSH and Web Scripting.

5. Testing and Debugging Your Scripts.

Catching Script Errors. Syntax Errors. Run-Time Errors. Bugs. Debugging Your Scripts. The Script Debugger. Using the Debugger.

6. VBScript: Syntax, Data Storage, and Operators.

Introduction to VBScript. Comparison with Visual Basic. Syntax Fundamentals. Comments. Line Continuations. Data Storage. Object References. Determining Data Type. Arrays. Static Arrays. Dynamic Arrays. Variant Arrays. Operators. Assignment Operator. Arithmetic Operators. String Operators. Comparison Operators. Logical Operators. Operator Precedence and Parentheses.

7. VBScript: Program Control and Procedures.

Conditional Statements. If... Then... Else. Select Case. Loop Statements. For.... Next. For Each... Next. Do...Loop. While...Wend. Infinite Loops. Procedures. Types of Procedures. Defining a Procedure. Passing Arguments to Procedures. Variables in Procedures. Calling Procedures.

8. VBScript: Working with Text, Numbers, Dates, and Times.

Text Manipulation. Asc. Chr. Filter. InStr, InStrRev. InStrRev. Join. LCase, Ucase. Left, Mid, Right. Len. LTrim, RTrim, Trim. Mid (function). RegExp. Right. Rtrim. Space. Split. String. StrComp. Trim. Ucase. Working With Numbers. Using Dates and Times. Date and Time Representation. Getting the Current Date and Time. Creating Dates and Times. Adding and Subtracting Dates and Times. Getting Date and Time Information. Formatting Dates and Times.

9. VBScript: User Interaction, Error Handling, And Miscellaneous Topics.

Interacting with the User. The MsgBox Function. InputBox. Error Handling. Other Topics. Eval. Execute and ExecuteGlobal.

10. JScript: Basic Syntax, Data Storage, and Operators.

Introduction to Jscript. Comparison with Java. Syntax Fundamentals. Comments. Data Storage. Constants. Variables. Data Types and Coersion. Object References. Arrays. JScript Operators. The Assignment Operators. The Arithmetic Operators. The Increment and Decrement Operators. The Comparison Operators. The Logical Operators. String Operators. Conditional Expressions. Operator Precedence and Parentheses.

11. JScript: Conditional Statements, Loops, and Functions.

Conditional Statements. If...Else. Switch. Loop Statements. For. While. Do...While. The Continue Statement. The With Statement. Functions. Defining a Function. Variables in Functions. Calling a Function.

12. JScript: Strings, Numbers, Math, Dates, and Times.

The String Object. The Split Method. Working with Regular Expressions. The Number Object. The Math Object. Dates and Times.

13. JScript: Built-in Objects, User Interaction, and Error Handling.

JScript Objects. The Boolean Object. The Enumerator Object. The Function Object. The VBArray Object. User Interaction. Error Handling. The Error Object. Try...Catch. The Throw Statement.

14. WSH 2.0 and WSF Files.

Using WSF Files. XML and WSF Files. The
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About Aitken

PETER G. AITKEN is a well-known author specializing in computer programming, applications, and hardware. His 30 books include Developing Custom Solutions With Office 2000 Components and VBA (Prentice Hall), Teach Yourself C in 21 Days, and Visual Basic 6 Programming Blue Book. A long-time faculty member at Duke University, he owns PGA Consulting, a custom software developer for industry and academia.
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