Extract variables and functions out of PS Studio in order to share?

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Extract variables and functions out of PS Studio in order to share?

Post by stevens » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:33 am

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Operating system: W2K12R2
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I have an approach I would like to have your view on, the idea in bulletpoints:

*I have 1 globalvariables.ps1 which I load in my $profile and has all servers etc like $sccmserver, $smtpserver ...
*use the same globalvariables in my Powershell project
*use a specific psprojectvariables.ps1 for specific variables like $version, $creatorofproject etc
*I work with a lot of modules in my own PS => get all hard coded variables out there and depend on the variables loaded in globalvariables.ps1
+ add a line if $scriptroot\globalvariables.ps1 then load this, so I can easily share the script (just copy my globalvariables in the module)
*create small powershell script to remove all values from my globalvariables.ps1 so I can always use the globalvariables.ps1 I use for my own script in the globalvariablese.ps1 of the PS project
*copy over all my modules to the PS project so I do not need to add them each time I need a specific function
*remove all functions in my current PS project because I will load them from the modules
*share the PS project and keep only vital data (which should not be changed otherwise the project does not work) in an exe

Will be quite some effort so would appreciate your input before I start doing this :-).

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Re: Extract variables and functions out of PS Studio in order to share?

Post by davidc » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:20 pm

I moved this topic to the Windows PowerShell forum so the community can contribute and provide best practices advise.

Typically, a module is a good way to go when you have to share a code base. As for creating the module, PowerShell Studio makes it easy with the New Module from Functions feature:

https://www.sapien.com/blog/2014/07/09/ ... -a-module/

Or import functions into an existing module or script:

https://www.sapien.com/blog/2016/03/07/ ... ew-part-3/
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