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Download File with a PowerShell One-Liner

I was recently trying to automate some scripts on a linux box and I wanted to know if it was as simple to download a file in PowerShell as it is in linux: wget
Well as it turned out, it wasn’t, but it wasn’t that difficult either. What we needed was too use the System.Net.WebClient class. There’s one thing to note, in PowerShell you can’t use a ~ (tilde) to reference your home directly, that is to say, you can’t download a file to ~\Desktop you will need to specify the full path, in my case C:\Users\Brangle\Desktop. […]

How To Use the OpenFileDialog Box in VB.NET

Using the OpenFileDialog box wasn’t as intuitive as I initially expected, I was thinking I could just drag it out onto my form as a button and place it right where I wanted to. But when I clicked on it from toolbox it just went into the bottom frame of my application, but not on my form like I was hoping for. Below I is an example of a dynamically (aka created at run) created OpenFileDialog. Because it’s dynamically created when don’t have to drag it out to form, it’s created by the code, not from the GUI. […]

How to Use the Progress Bar in VB.NET and C#

The progress bar is one of those universal objects that everyone recognizes, it’s useful when doing a large or long task. For example, if your updating/deleting/copying a bunch of files you can update the progress bar as you modify each file. […]

How to Center A Form in VB.NET and C#

I’ve often found it necessary to center a form on my screen using the pure code, but it’s not as easy as in VB or in C# so I wrote some code to work around that. Using the code below you can center you application on your monitor in just 3 lines of code using either VB.NET or C#. […]

How to Cut/Copy/Paste into the Clipboard using VB.NET

In this example, I’ll show you how to cut, copy, paste and clear text in the clipboard. Cutting and copying text is really straight forward, pasting text requires just a little bit of checking. For example, we want to check to see what the clipboard contains before we try and do something like pasting an image into a text box. […]

Make Your Computer Talk with VB.NET Application (and Source Code)

I was playing around with COM objects in Windows and discovered that I could access the SAPI.SpVoice interface and make Microsoft Windows talk to me. Well needless to say I had to rush and develop and application to do just that. I uploaded a simple applicaton which will just say whatever you type in as an argument. For example SpeakToMeConsole.exe Hello World will make your computer speak the words “Hello World.” The part that really amazes me is that the guts of this program is only 2 lines long, and it can even that can reduced down to 1 line if we create an anonymous instance of SAPI.SpVoice object. […]

How to Shutdown, Restart, Log off your computer with VB.NET or C#

This is extremely easy using VB.NET or C# (pronounced C sharp) and using the built in windows EXE file shutdown.exe. To shutdown, restart, or log off your computer is as simple as entering 1 line into your program, it just so happens that the 1 line is identical whether you’re using VB.NET or C#. […]

How to Create Message Box Pop Ups in VB.NET

Creating different types of messages boxes in Visual Basic is a simple one line statement. I’m going to run through how to create several different types of message boxes in this tutorial, including OK Only, OK/Cancel, Abort/Retry/Ignore, and a Critical message box. […]

How to Ping a Computer using PowerShell

Pinging a computer is really simple, and of course since this is PowerShell we don’t want to just use something as primitive as ping.exe, we want to use .NET and take advantage of all the method calls and filters. […]

Using the System.Environment Class in PowerShell

The Environment class has a huge array of information and accessing this information is very simple, I’m going to try and give a whole bunch of one line examples of how to do this using PowerShell. […]