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The Command Prompt

I spent the first 10 chapters of this book extolling the virtues of Windows Script Host programming and proclaiming it to be the right tool for all Windows automation tasks. Now it's time to confess that “all” may not be the right word, and in the remainder of the book, I'll show you why.

While most of the fanfare over programming advances in the last decade has been over windowed applications with pull-down menus, dialog boxes, and all that jazz, the old-fashioned command line has been quietly becoming more sophisticated and capable as well. If you click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt, a window will appear that looks a lot like what you would have seen back in the days of the original Microsoft MS-DOS. You can type the old commands such as dir and cls and Windows XP will dutifully print out a directory listing and clear the screen


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