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Scripting School: Increase your scripting expertise

In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers tips that will help you debug your scripts.

Editor's note: This is the second in a continuing interactive series on scripting that will appear on on a monthly basis. Christa Anderson, a noted authority on the subject, will cover basic scripting concepts and teach you how to use VBScript to perform common tasks.

In my first column last month, I introduced some basic scripting concepts. In this second column, I will cover some more advanced concepts, including arranging data, manipulating data, specifying data types, object types and changing the order in which code executes. I will also give you some tips that will help you debug your scripts.

I encourage you to think of this column as a serialized book that can respond to your questions. If you need something clarified, ask. You're probably not the only person with that question.

Please e-mail your questions to I would like to thank all of the readers who have sent e-mail to me since the last column appeared on I plan to cover your suggestions in upcoming columns, so please continue to send me your ideas and questions.

Increase your scripting expertise

  Arranging and manipulating data
  Combining operators with functions
  Simplify with subroutines
  Where do objects come from?
  Grouping objects
  Seven quick scripting tips

Read all of Christa's scripting columns:
April 2005: Beginner's guide to scripting
May 2005: It's time to increase your scripting expertise
June 2005: Connect users to network resources
July 2005: More on connecting to network resources
August 2005: Find objects with Windows Scripting Host
September 2005: Windows Script Host arguments
October 2005: Scripting School: Turning the environment with WshShell

Christa Anderson
A Terminal Services MVP, Christa Anderson is the strategic technology manager for visionapp She formerly was program manager for the Microsoft Terminal Services team. She is an internationally known authority on scripting, the author of Windows Terminal Services, The Definitive Guide to MetaFrame XP, and co-author of the book Mastering Windows 2003 Server. If you have a scripting question for Christa, please e-mail her at She often uses these emails as fodder for her scripting columns.

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