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

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

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-5a2fcab6f3add521296533/] Pass your InstallFolder variable to your MSI package. [...]

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

Converting PowerShell to C# through intent instead of an abstract syntax tree alone

I recently added support to the CodeConverter.net SDK to convert PowerShell to C#. This was a very similar process to converting C# to PowerShell. The implementation walks the PowerShell AST, produces a common AST and then is fed into the C# code writer to output C# code. The limitation of straight AST translation AST translation [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

Data Driven Testing using XUnit in Visual Studio 2017

XUnit, like a lot of other testing frameworks, allows for creating test cases, or theories in XUnit terms, based on test data rather than static tests alone. With the CodeConverter.NET tests, I decided to generate the test cases based on input files and output files. The input files contain C# code and the output files [...]

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