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Gathering Desktop App Analytics Data Using the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol

In my last post, I went over some of the tooling I’m using to develop my first software offering completely on my own. One of those tools is the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol. Like many website owners, I use Google Analytics to track hits and behavior on my site. I’ve hooked Analytics into the Google [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

My First Three Months of Selling My Own Software

TLDR: I've sold 40 licenses, made some money and did it with very little monetary expense.  I announced my experiment about three months ago and shipped my first version about a month later. After feeling burnt out on my open source project, I needed something to make it exciting again. I had always considered monetizing my [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

7 Days in Iceland – Hiking the Laugavegur Trail

Day 1 We arrived in Reykjavík at around 6 AM Icelandic time and had to make our way to the trail head in Landmannalaugar to start our trek. The first order of business was to take a 45-minute bus ride from Keflavík to downtown Reykjavík. We took the bus to the central bus terminal, BSI, [...]

By | July 4th, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

Bundling Scripts with Merge-Script

Recently, I released the first version of the PowerShell Pro Tools PowerShell module to the PowerShell gallery. The module contains a PowerShell cmdlet wrapper around PSPack.exe that is capable of packaging scripts into executables. This version of PSPack.exe also supports the ability to bundle multiple PS1 files into a single PS1 file. In this post [...]

By | May 14th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

Building WPF Windows with PowerShell in Visual Studio

In the latest version of PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio, I released the first version of WPF Designer support for PowerShell projects. In this post, we will look at the steps required to create a new WPF window and hook up a button click event. Installing the necessary tools You will need the following: [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Programmer|1 Comment

Building Windows Forms with PowerShell in Visual Studio 2017

I recently released the first version of PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio 2017. The first version provides only one feature; Windows Forms designer support. In this post we will go over how to create a Windows Form using PowerShell. Installing the necessary tools You will need the following: Visual Studio 2017 (Any edition, Community edition) PowerShell Tools [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Programmer|4 Comments

If at first you fail, try, try again.

But what about “When you know you’ll fail, try, try anyways”? This one is much more realistic in some situations, but so much harder to motivate oneself to do. One could say that if you know your goal or your expectations are impossible to attain, then you need to revise them. Or maybe it’s just [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Experiment – PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio 2017

TLDR: Check out the very early beta of my new PowerShell Pro Tools for VS 2017 that contains a PowerShell form designer. Available on the Marketplace. I have been working on PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio, formerly PowerGUI VSX, for almost 7 years. My first checkin to CodePlex (RIP), was on June 12, 2010. A lot [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

WiX Toolset – Supporting major upgrades with installation directory changes while using Burn

Here is the scaffolding to create a WiX installer that uses a Burn bootstrapper that can support upgrading while allowing the user to change to a new installation directory. Burn Create an InstallFolder variable and populate it with what you want to be your default installation directory. [crayon-5a2fcaa551b2c824058263/] Pass your InstallFolder variable to your MSI package. [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

Visibility (3/3)

Not the Conservatoire de Musique mentioned in this post; this is actually the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, my new favorite venue. It sits in the middle of the river. It is gorgeous inside and out. The plush seats are just as great for dozing off as those in the Alhambra theater. I attended [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments