Sesame Script Beginner
Scripting: Your First Steps
If you’re brand new to scripting, start here.
Starting and Stopping Scripts
What’s the difference between Cscript and Wscript, and why does it matter? Information on different options for running scripts, and how to stop them once they’ve started.
Find out what those special characters in VBScript are used for: &, _, and '.
Variables and Constants
An introduction to using variables and constants.
Make a Decision
How to work with If…Then statements in VBScript.
Thrown for a Loop
Read through collections and arrays, and execute one section of code over and over on different data using loops.
Thrown for a Loop, Part 2
Learn all about using Do loops to run code over and over and over….
Class is in Session
Classes, objects, properties, methods…all those confusing topics explained in one article. Don’t be confused any longer!
What Type of Data is That?
What is a data type, and why do we care?
Working with Strings: Knowing Your Right from Your Left
Use the Left, Right, and Mid functions to work with strings.
It’s All About Teamwork
Can’t we all just get along? The Select and Case keywords seem to be able to.
Working with Dates
Do you know what the date is? Windows does. Find out how to work with dates within your scripts.
Sesame Script Beginner Plus
Why Did You Do That?
A few simple guidelines that might make your lives a little bit easier. Or at least make your scripts easier to understand.
The Dictionary Object
Learn how to organize data within your script by using the Dictionary object.
How to Read an SDK
Learn the basics of reading Software Development Kits and Language References – and why you need them.
Getting – or Creating – Objects
Finally, the Scripting Guys reveal the difference between VBScript CreateObject, VBScript GetObject, WSH CreateObject, and WSH GetObject.
Hunting for Objects
Looking for the classes and methods you need for your script? Here we explain it’s mostly a matter of hunting around to find what you need.
Introduction to Error Handling
Because mistakes do happen.
Functions, Subroutines, and Beyond
Find out what functions and subroutines are all about, then learn how to create a library of these procedures for use in multiple scripts.
Let’s Get Together
Easy scripts are, well, easy. But what happens if you want to do something a little more complicated? Here’s one way to do that: just combine two or more of those easy scripts.
WMI Query Language
Learn how to communicate with the WMI object model so that you can retrieve exactly the information you’re looking for.
Working With Numbers
Yes, we know. But it turns out that there’s no escape from mathematics, not even in system administration scripting. Fortunately, though, VBScript includes a number of functions that make arithmetic far less of a chore than it was back in your school days.
Scripting Text Files
Text files are extremely useful to system administration scripters. And they just might be your ticket to Scripting Games stardom, too.
Files and Folders, Part 1
How do I copy/move/delete a file? And how can I do that only to files x number of days/months/years old? In Part 1 we find out how to use the FileSystemObject to do all of these things, and then some.
Files and Folders, Part 2
Part 2 in our trilogy on managing files and folders. As far as we know, no cats were harmed during the writing of this column.
Files and Folders, Part 3
The final installment in our trilogy on managing the file system concludes with a shocking twist: using Windows PowerShell to copy, move, and delete files and folders.
Working with the Registry
Learn how to read from and write to the registry, and – if you’re careful – delete from the registry.
Introduction to Scripting Microsoft Office: Excel and Word
Learn how your scripts can harness the power of Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel.