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Scripting and Automation

Discussion in 'Software' started by Arroryn, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    Hi guys,

    I was just reviewing my 'weak areas'.

    I really am no good when it comes to creating scripts, batch files, and so forth. It's not something I've ever had to learn, and neither the A+ or N+ touched on it.

    Does anyone know a good site/book I can grab that goes through and builds on the basics? I don't have any overwhelming desire to go in to programming, but being able to do scripting would more than help my workload.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    For VBScript, check out the Scripting Centre. They write regular columns and take a humourous slant on things. They cover all sorts of topics, and talk you through all the code, which can help immensely.

    Its how I learned VBSCript (well, that and I had help from a couple of mentors in my old work). I did also pick up a Wrox vbscript book.
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  3. Fluid

    Fluid Byte Poster

    Thanks for that :) im a bit rusty on scripting :)
  4. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    You should learn how to defend against flaming pitchforks. Comes in handy, so I've heard. 8)
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    VBScript is where I started in programming, little over a year or so ago. My particular specialty is in AD programming with VBScript, so if you need any help, just ask. Cant promise ill know it all, but ill try my best.
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  6. Mitzs
    Honorary Member

    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess


    Administration and scripting tools


    hope one of these help ya hun.
    Certifications: Microcomputers and network specialist.
    WIP: Adobe DW, PS
  7. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

    I would recommend learning a cross-platform language. That way if you ever branch out you can take that same skill right with you. Perl and Python are widely used languages, and many advertisements I see like to see skills in one of those two languages(more Perl than Python). Ruby is also a very hot scripting language right now. It's the BIG thing in web development. I've seen it in use, and it's remarkably easy to pick up on the syntax (very similar in readability to Python).

    You don't hear a lot about Python, but it is used a lot. Google makes extensive use of it and so do organizations such as NASA and Industrial Light and Magic, who do a large percentage of the special effects you see on TV and in the Movies. Python's syntax is very readable, and the language itself is pretty flexible, and fairly easy to learn. The hardest part about Python is just because it's growing so much. New capabilities are being added all the time.

    I've been writing a few scripts in Python for work, and have come up with a couple of scripts that made my job a lot easier, and one that has allowed me automate going through the email server queue and looking at the header, log, and message body for each message to see why it was "frozen"(undeliverable) and allowing me to either "thaw" it, or delete it, based on what I find.

    I find writing that kind of stuff pretty rewarding. I'm far from a guru at it yet, but I'm learning, and enjoying it immensely.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA, A+
    WIP: LPIC 1
  8. MacAllan

    MacAllan Byte Poster

    Since you are a trainee author as well as a trainee script-writer, I think you might enjoy this site. There is really nothing quite like it....
    Certifications: A+, N+, CCNA
    WIP: CCNP, Linux+

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