Paperback: 844 pages
Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (December 11, 2010)
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This book is an incredible job by the author who is obviously talented at presenting the incredible amount of data necessary to do ALMOST anything with Windows at the script level. I rated it 5 stars because if you are trying to write Windows scripts, this is a good place to get started. The issue I have, however, is with the topic and Windows. Windows and most applications that run on it are really not set up for scripting, and that especially includes the obvious programs like OneNote that need it the most. Therefore don't expect an easy solution to a complex problem.Windows suffers from an ill conceived and poorly implemented operating system architecture held together with a rats nest of bandaids and timeouts, and these are your true enemy. Scripting can't fix this problem, its built in. For example, you can print a PDF file to onenote but how do you tell when OneNote is ready for the next sequential print job so that the documents are stored in order in your notebook? You can't. All you can do is code time delays and hope that the machine always completes its task before your timeout sends it more data. If you really want to expand your control over windows, you can also use autohotkey which will inject keys, allow you to program time delays, and permit you to control the active window and sense when it changes.The beauty of WSH is the architectural split between the various language interpreters you can use or install (like perl, python, etc) and the management of the scripts and additional functionality it exposes. This is nice, but most (if not all) of that functionality is already exposed in libraries and components for most scripting languages anyway.
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