Jeffrey Snover's Monad TechEd Presentation … now by Webcast

If you were one of the many that missed Jeffrey's standing-room-only presentations at TechEd, the kind folks at TechNet feel your pain. They've decided to host a series of "Best of TechEd" webcasts, and our two presentations are among them. If you want to learn more about the capabilities of Monad, be sure to check these out.

Session 1: Next Generation Command Line Scripting with Monad (Part 1 of 2) (Level 300)
This session provides an architectural overview of Monad, and begins to introduce many of its powerful features.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032277850&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Session 2: Next Generation Command Line Scripting with Monad (Part 2 of 2) (Level 300)
This session discusses some of the advanced scripting constructs, such as script blocks, dedicated streams, ubiquitous parameters, errors, exceptions, debugging, and tracing.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032277852&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

 

Now, I would be remiss without including something for the hard-core geeks that already have Monad installed:

MSH C:\Temp >$organizer = "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=41781"
MSH C:\Temp >$summary = "Monad TechNet Webcast"
MSH C:\Temp >$description = "Next Generation Command Line Scripting with Monad (Part 1 of 2)"
MSH C:\Temp >$location = "
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032277850&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US"
MSH C:\Temp >$start = [DateTime]::Parse("Wednesday, August 03, 2005 09:30 AM")
MSH C:\Temp >$end = $start.AddHours(1).AddMinutes(30)
MSH C:\Temp >.\new-calendaritem $organizer $start $end $summary $description $location -out:TechEd_1.ics
MSH C:\Temp >
MSH C:\Temp >$description = "Next Generation Command Line Scripting with Monad (Part 2 of 2)"
MSH C:\Temp >$start = [DateTime]::Parse("Wednesday, August 10, 2005 9:30 AM ")
MSH C:\Temp >$end = $start.AddHours(1).AddMinutes(30)
MSH C:\Temp >$location = "
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032277852&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US"
MSH C:\Temp >.\new-calendaritem $organizer $start $end $summary $description $location -out:TechEd_2.ics
MSH C:\Temp >
MSH C:\Temp >.\TechEd_1.ics; .\TechEd_2.ics

## new-calendaritem.msh
## Create a new calendar item using the iCal (.ics) calendar format
## new-calendaritem -organizer:"
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=41781" -start:$([DateTime]::Now) -summary:"Monad TechNet Webcast" -description:"Monad TechNet Webcast: Next Generation Command Line Scripting with Monad (Part 1 of 2) (Level 300)" -location:"http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032277850&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US" -out:output.ics

param(
 [string] $organizer = "",
 [DateTime] $start = $(throw "Please specify a start time."),
 [DateTime] $end = $start.AddMinutes(30),
 [string] $summary = $(throw "Please provide a meeting summary."),
 [string] $description = "",
 [string] $location = $(throw "Please provide a meeting location."),
 [string] $out
     )

## We want to convert the times to Universal, so that we can be unequivocal about
## when they start.  The RFC supports appointments in the local time zone (ie: lunch,)
## but that's not very helpful when we're sharing most appointments.
## All input times will be assumed to be local times
$utcStart = $start.ToUniversalTime()
$utcEnd = $end.ToUniversalTime()

## Convert them to the ICS format
$dtStart = $utcStart.ToString("yyyyMMddTHHmmssZ")
$dtEnd = $utcEnd.ToString("yyyyMMddTHHmmssZ")

## A very simple calendar item
$template = @"
BEGIN:VCALENDAR
BEGIN:VEVENT
ORGANIZER:$organizer
DTSTART:$dtStart
DTEND:$dtEnd
SUMMARY:$summary
DESCRIPTION:$description
LOCATION:$location
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR
"@

## Dump it out to the file or the screen
if($out)
{
   $template | out-file -encoding:ascii $out
}
else
{
   $template
}

 

[Edit: Monad has now been renamed to Windows PowerShell. This script or discussion may require slight adjustments before it applies directly to newer builds.]

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