Last week, I wrote a post on the difference between .split() and -split in PowerShell. This week, we’re going to keep splitting strings, but we’re going to try to retain the character that we’re splitting on. Whether you use .split() or -split, when you split a string, it takes that character and essentially turns it into the separation of the two items on either side of it. But, what if I want to keep that character instead of losing it to the split?
Here’s a question I see over and over and over again: “I have a string and I’m trying to split it on this part, but it’s jumbling it into a big mess. What’s going on?” Well, there’s splitting a string in PowerShell, and then there’s splitting a string in PowerShell. Confused? Let me explain.
In PowerShell, when outputting data to the console, it’s typically either organized into a table or a list. You can force output to take either of these forms using the Format-Table and the Format-List cmdlets, and people who write PowerShell cmdlets and modules can take special steps to make sure their output is formatted as they desire. But, when no developer has specifically asked for a formatted output (for example, by using a .format.ps1xml file to define how an object is formatted), how does PowerShell choose to display a table or a list?
Recently, I was helping someone in a forum who was trying to figure out what kind of object their command was returning. They knew about the standard cmdlets people suggest when you’re getting started (Get-Help, Get-Member, and Get-Command), but couldn’t figure out what was coming back from a specific command.
The Pester people don’t really recommend this, but, I find it can be really helpful sometimes. What I’m talking about is dynamically creating assertions inside of a Pester test using PowerShell. While I think you should strive to follow best practices, sometimes what’s best for you isn’t always a best practice, and as long as you know what you’re doing, I think you can get away with bending the rules sometimes. Don’t tell anyone I said that.
With Windows 10, you can install Bash on Windows. Cool, right? Having Bash on Windows goes a long way towards making Windows a more developer-friendly environment and opens a ton of doors. The one I’m going to show you today is more of a novelty than anything else, but maybe you’ll find something neat to do with it.
There’s a few ways to get all of the shared folders on a server, but not all of them work for all versions of Windows Server. You can use the Get-SmbShare cmdlet, or you can make CIM/WMI do the work for you. I’ll show you what I prefer, though.
ServiceNow is a cloud computing company whose software is used for IT Service Management based on ITIL standards. They’ve got a bunch of different modules for managing problems and incidents, operations management, performance analytics, and more. You there some custom development you can do to modify their solutions or build your own. It’s pretty flexible, and we use it where I work.
I have been working with the ServiceNow API a lot lately. This week, I’m going to show you something pretty simple: Getting a ServiceNow user.
Let’s jump into some code first and I’ll break down what I’m doing.
I try my best to make new technical posts on this blog every Wednesday morning. They vary in length, skill level, and sometimes even usefulness. Today I wanted to share that my first Pluralsight course was published last week: Getting Started with Azure Automation.
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Here’s a way to see how many files are in a directory, using PowerShell.