Guys I need your gifted opinions,
I use both wisescript creation and vbscript for my custom actions. Sometimes I use vbscript when it requires certain things. Actually I usually always use vbscript. My partner, who has tons of more experience, uses wisescript for everything because he doesn't know vb. He screams that you don't need it, but I have seen first hand it is required sometimes. For example when you need to create user accounts, or deploy software that doesn't have our software distribution software installed. They don't want me to use vbscript because they believe it takes up too much of my time learning it. I am a basic scripter currently, and I struggle with creating custom actions by myself. I feel like my skills aren't being utilized to the best of the teams abilities. Guys who have a lot of experience in the packaging and computer scene could you give me your thoughts.

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There's a saying in English: "He who pays the piper calls the tune." If the client says you're wasting his time, I'd listen. Meanwhile, use every available opportunity to learn some scripting and not just VBS. I can think of Perl, Python and Powershell as good candidates. Although not strictly speaking a scripting language, SQL is another good string to have in one's bow. I'm sure others have their preferences but they'd be in my list. Incidentally, once you have VBS, it's a very short step to ASP.

All I would say is that, whichever language you plump for, try to live by this maxim: assume nothing. So much script I see assumes so much. There's no error-trapping, for example. If you write some code to create a text file, don't just blindly assume that the file got created: test for its presence and, if it failed, show or log an appropriate error.

Lecture ends :)
Answered 07/14/2008 by: VBScab
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i would run with learn vbs and forget what your workmates say.

they are either out of touch or simply dont understand scripting themselves. A good scripter can save hours and hours of time doing manual tasks.

vbs is a pretty easy language to get your head around.

to get started all you really need to know is logic flow (which is portable to almost all languages) global vs local scope.

then throw the language specific syntax on top. most languages follow a similar logic flow process.
Answered 07/15/2008 by: jmcfadyen
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