While you won't need them for every script you write, you and the people running your scripts will appreciate the forgiving nature of named arguments, especially as your scripts grow more complex. Not having to worry about the order in which arguments are supplied will vastly reduce your troubleshooting time and make complex scripts easier to use.
Scripting School: Windows Script Host arguments
Background: Arguments in general
The value of named arguments
Supporting optional arguments
Mixing argument types
Read Christa's previous columns:
Beginner's guide to scripting
It's time to increase your scripting expertise
Scripting: Connect users to network resources
Scripting School: More on connecting to network resources
Scripting School: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host
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When Christa Anderson began working with Windows Server operating systems in 1992, she became increasingly interested in finding more efficient and flexible ways of performing routine tasks. Christa has written extensively about administrative scripting and taught technical sessions on the subject at conferences such as Comdex and CeBIT, helping people who had never done any scripting to write their own scripts in half a day. In addition to her interest in scripting Windows management, Christa is an authority on server-based computing and the program manager for Terminal Services licensing in Longhorn. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at scripting@SearchWinSystems.com.