Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Querying .NET in Powershell. The ability to use the vast repertoire of .NET in Powershell is impressive. More difficult of late has been how to find .NET functions and call arguments. I was stuck reading the 3.5 Framework docs doing clunky stuff like this:

$webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$a = ($webclient | gm) | % {$_.Name}
$b = ( $a | % {$WebClient.$_} )
$c = ( $b | Select Name , OverloadDefinitions )
write $c

But then I installed 'PowerTab' and can tab my way to knowledge with the '.findmember' property. (This works without 'PowerTab' but is nowhere near as easy and complete.)


PS [RMFMEDIA] >[System.Net.WebClient].FindMembers | ft -auto -wrap

WARNING: 4 columns do not fit into the display and were removed.

MemberType OverloadDefinitions
---------- -------------------
Method {System.Reflection.MemberInfo[] FindMembers(MemberTypes memberType, BindingFlags bindingAttr, MemberFilter filter, Object filterCriteria)}

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