Automation, PowerShell, Windows

PowerShell snippet: check if software is installed

Some deployment scripts need to check if certain required software is installed on a Windows Machine. You could check if the file is present at a certain location, but there is a better way to check if software is installed: the uninstall database in the Windows Registry. PowerShell makes it really easy to query the registry!


Swap alt and cmd in Windows 10 (MacBook Pro)

As a .Net Developer, I need my MacBook Pro to run Windows. I did so using Boot Camp (which was okay, but my mouse wouldn’t scroll) In Windows I use alt+tab a lot. But the cmd and alt keys are not in the right place (from a Windows keyboard perspective). I use the Windows key a lot too (like Windows+r for run). So let’s swap those keys!


A small batch file to compile and execute… Java

Entering a javac (compile) and a java (execution) command seems tedious, so I wondered if those could be scripted into a good old .bat file.

I’ve created a file called yall.bat to help with the process. It has been a while since I’ve been playing around with batch files. I’ve seen my father do it… it still looks like a dark – and ancient – art to me.

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