Solved General purpose scripting language like NSIS?

October 7, 2011 at 19:59:41
Specs: Windows XP
I love batch scripting, but it has its limitations, and it's not the best for end users with the ever-ugly CLI.

I hate VBscript. I can't really say why, I just have always hated it and quit after five minutes of trying to learn it.

I've done a few projects with NSIS, and I enjoy working with it. But it's limited, as it's an installer script. Any way I can create NSIS-like code that will compile to a simple GUI app? I looked at wxPython a little, but it seemed overly complex for my needs.

I'm in IT, so most of my "programming" is to simplify things for end users, thereby reducing my workload. Run this script to add our server info into your ini file. This one will restore your missing icons. This one will fix your screwed-up registry settings. Things like that.


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October 8, 2011 at 08:46:25
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I hate VBscript. I can't really say why, I just have always hated it and quit after five minutes of trying to learn it.
Try for 20 minutes next time. In all seriousness, VBScript isn't that hard if you start thinking in terms of COM objects. (Because that's what VBScript is, an scripting engine for using COM.)

Python's a programming language, so it can definitely do what you want. I think it requires its own runtime, so unless you want to have your clients install Python, you'll have to look into those Python to exe programs.

Powershell's the new thing Microsoft is pushing, but they only started bundling it with the OS with Win7, so your WinXP/Vista clients would need to install Powershell first.

Or, if you hate yourself, you could try to learn C/C++ and the Win32 API.

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