Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit Requires PowerShell

I just downloaded this training kit and took a look at its requirements and guess what – PowerShell is required!  Cool.

Prerequisite software

The following software packages must be installed in order to complete the labs in this training kit. Items that are required only for specific parts of the kit are indicated below.

  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Express recommended)
  • Microsoft IIS 7 (All components)
  • Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2007 or the PowerPoint Viewer 2007 – Required to view the presentations
  • Windows PowerShell 1.0 RTM

After looking through the installed files, it appears that PowerShell is being used for primarily testing code via verify.ps1 and testLib.ps1 scripts.  Here are all the PowerShell script files used by the training kit:

D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\CardSpace\Ex01-RegisterWithCardSpace\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\CardSpace\Setup\scripts\elevate.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\CardSpace\Setup\scripts\powershellscripts\CertificatesLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\CardSpace\Setup\scripts\powershellscripts\HostLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\CardSpace\Setup\scripts\powershellscripts\setdefaultdocument.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex01-DataAccessWithLINQ\begin\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex01-DataAccessWithLINQ\begin\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex01-DataAccessWithLINQ\end\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex01-DataAccessWithLINQ\end\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\begin\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\begin\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\begin\PowerShellTests\vs90vars.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\begin\PowerShellTests\wcfserviceTest.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\end\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\end\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\end\PowerShellTests\vs90vars.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\DynamicSites\Ex02-ExposeData\end\PowerShellTests\wcfserviceTest.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\begin\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\begin\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\begin\PowerShellTests\vs90vars.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\end\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\end\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\LinqToSql\Ex01-DalUsingLinq\end\PowerShellTests\vs90vars.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\WF\Ex01-CreateStateMachineWF\begin\PowerShellTests\testLib.ps1
D:\VS2008TrainingKit\Labs\WF\Ex01-CreateStateMachineWF\begin\PowerShellTests\verify.ps1

It is really great to see the devdiv folks adopting PowerShell.  The requirement to have PowerShell installed will help adoption in the developer space which I think is on the verge of exploding anyway.

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3 Responses to Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit Requires PowerShell

  1. Thomas says:

    Great find Keith!I\’m looking forward to the holidays when I\’ll get a chance to play with VS2008!–Thomashttp://tfl09.blogspot.com

  2. Clinton says:

    Here is is almost July of 2008 and it still won\’t even install on a Vista machine.

  3. Keith says:

    That\’s odd.  My original install was on Vista.  I don\’t recall running into any problems installing it.

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