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!
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!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could restrict the value written to a Knockout observable? Some values might mess up your model completely while others just don’t make sense. How would one create a conditioned observable that rejects invalid values? It turns out that conditioning an observable is not so hard.
Lately I’ve become fascinated with the Latin language. I’m working on a project that converts photographs of Latin inscriptions on medieval statues into translated text. One of the challenges is parsing years, usually expressed in the form of Roman Numerals.
After building a parser class I noticed that it had a lot of nice characteristics: parsing, operator overloading, implicit conversions. A nice way to play around with C#.
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.
Lately I’ve been playing around with USB led lights in .Net. I wanted the animations to be separated from my code. Wouldn’t it be great if you could define what animations are executed in a JSON file? And map it to code?
Normally one would build a mapper that does the conversion of the JSON commands to the methods. I like to use a more generic approach. I’ve created a small utility class that executes commands by mapping and executing them as a method of the object.
But what if you need a TypeScript script that supports both vanilla browser JS and Node.js? What if you need to expose 10+ classes?