Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 24 - More Advanced PowerShell

July 13, '06 Comments [1] Posted in Podcast | PowerShell | ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy twenty-fourth Podcast is up. This episode is about some more advanced aspects of Windows PowerShell and could be called PowerShell/Monad Part 2. For Part 1 take a look at the first Podcast on Monad (PowerShell's previous name) here.

Jeffrey Snover, PowerShell Architect has already reviewed this week's show and testifies to it not sucking. Cool!

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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FLV won't play when a Camtasia Video is uploaded to an IIS site

July 12, '06 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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FlvmimetypeI put a one hour Camtasia video up for a customer today and it wasn't loading. It would show all the signs it was working with the controls and what-not showing up, but the flash video itself (the FLV) wasn't loading.

I checked the IIS logs (always check the logs!) and saw a 404 when index.flv was requested. I knew the file was there, but the request ended in a 404. I also checked the UrlScan logs to see if we weren't applying a whitelist. We weren't.

Turned out that there was no mime-type applied for the FLV extension. Added it, and poof, worked. Ah, life's little details.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Scott Hanselman: Developer Productivity Tools Video Part 1

July 11, '06 Comments [7] Posted in TechEd | PowerShell | XmlSerializer | Speaking | Web Services | Tools
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Wroxvideo1When I was at TechEd I visited the Beantown.net INETA User Group and gave a (fairly ad-hoc) talk on Developer Productivity Tools. Jim Minatel loaned me his microphone and a copy of Camtasia and we recorded the talk. Thanks Jim!

It was a great crowd, a lot of fun. We had a number of "off the cuff" discussions about random stuff so I hope it doesn't take away from the gist of the talk.

The complete presentation was around 1 hour 45 minutes, so for online, Jim has split it into 4 segments. This week's segment is available now and is about 33 minutes long. If you watch it in your browser, I recommend you double click on Windows Media Player to make the video go full screen.

It covers:

  • 00:00 Title
  • 00:15 Scott's introduction
  • 00:40 The first tool: Notepad 2
  • 02:40 Little-known built-in command line tools
  • 09:55 Process Explorer and Slick Run
  • 15:15 ILDASM
  • 16:15 .NET Reflector
  • 24:45 NGEN

The remaining three segments for following weeks will cover roughly:

  • Week 2: XmlSerializer - 20 minutes
  • Week 3: Windows PowerShell - 33 minutes
  • Week 4: Active Words, Code Rush, SOAP Scope, XML doc viewer - 23 minutes

There's also some other good screencasts up at Wrox. The growing list of videos is available at wrox.com. The first few videos in the series are:

I hope you enjoy them.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Portland (and SW Washington) CodeCamp 2006

July 10, '06 Comments [5] Posted in PowerShell | Ruby
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It's that time again, time for CodeCamp 2006.

The Code Camp Manifesto says this about CodeCamps.

  • They are always free.
  • They are about the code. (No lame PowerPoints)
  • They are never during work hours
  • They are owned and run by the community (i.e. Not Microsoft)

Here's the list of sessions so far. It's not a Microsoft specific event - there will be Ruby, Java, Mono, Rails and WebServices talks. If you like, submit a session! You don't have a to be a 'professional presenter' or have experience presenting. You just have to be stoked about your code.

If you're a Coder in Portland or Southwest Washington, or your a Coding Enthusiast or Hobbyist, a CodeCamp is a very relaxed, non-threatening, non-cliquey way (not to mention free) for you to interact with the community and pick up some valuable information.

It'll be just over the bridge in Vancouver on July 22nd and 23rd, 2006. Head over and register. I'm doing a PowerShell talk, hope to see you there!

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Better Documentation for PowerShell - ShinyPower

July 10, '06 Comments [1] Posted in PowerShell | Bugs
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ShinypowershotLeon the SecretGeek has the PowerShell bug and has beat me to a great idea. A documentation browser for PowerShell. We're automating PowerShell at Corillian in a number of ways that I'm sure I'll be posting on over the next few months. (Maybe I'll do a few screencasts on hosting PowerShell...Lee Holmes has a great Logo example here.)

His application hosts a PowerShell runspace and runs the PowerShell "get-command" cmdlet, capturing the output and presenting it ala MSDN in a listbox. Then as you click on a command he invokes "help <commandname>" and sends the output to his text boxes. Quick, dirty and fabulous.

Thanks Leon, what a great way to make learning PowerShell easier using the excellent pithy help that's trapped within the command-line.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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