PowerTip: Use PowerShell to play WAV files

Summary: Make use of the native features of Windows through PowerShell to play sound.    Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve got some WAV files I would love to play without launching an application. Is there a way in Windows PowerShell to do this?      You sure can! Using the System.Media.Soundplayer object, you can do this…


Windows PowerShell and the Text-to-Speech REST API (Part 4)

Summary: Send and receive content to the Text-to-Speech API with PowerShell. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I was playing with the Text-to-Speech API. I have it almost figured out, but I’m stumbling over the final steps of formatting the SSML markup language. Could you lend me a hand? —MD A: Hello MD, Glad to lend a…


PowerTip: Ensure that errors in PowerShell are caught

Summary: Here’s how to make sure your errors get caught with Try Catch Finally.    Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve been trying to use the Try Catch Finally, but some of my errors aren’t getting caught. What could be the cause?    For Try Catch Finally, you need to make sure the error defaults to a…


Windows PowerShell and the Text-to-Speech REST API (Part 3)

Summary: Use Windows PowerShell to access the Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I was reading up on how we could use PowerShell to communicate with Azure to gain an access token. I’ve been just itching to see how we can use this! Would you show us some examples of this in use…


PowerTip: Build simple HTML with PowerShell

Summary: Here’s how to use the ConvertTo-HTML cmdlet to build basic HTML content.   Hey, Scripting Guy! Occasionally I need to build basic HTML documents. I heard there was a way to do that with Windows PowerShell.   There most certainly is! Just use the ConvertTo-HTML cmdlet to save the day! For example:    …


Windows PowerShell and the Text-to-Speech REST API (Part 2)

Summary: You can use Windows PowerShell to authenticate to the Text-to-Speech REST API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I was reading up on the REST API for the Text-to-Speech component of Cognitive Services. I’m just starting to learn how to use REST and PowerShell. Could you spend a little bit of time and show me how…


PowerTip: Create new authentication keys for AzureRM Cognitive Services

Summary: Change the keys to authenticate to Azure RM Cognitive Services, by using Windows PowerShell.   Hey, Scripting Guy! I created the keys for my Rest API. I know I can change them in the web portal, but is there a faster way of doing it through Windows PowerShell?   There absolutely is! Just use…


Windows PowerShell and the Azure Text-to-Speech Rest API (Part 1)

Summary: You can use Windows PowerShell to authenticate to the Microsoft Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech component through the Rest API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I heard about the cool Microsoft Cognitive Services, and had heard they have a REST API. Does that mean I can use PowerShell to consume them? Could you show me how to…


PowerTip: Use PowerShell to read an RSS feed

Summary: “Hey, Scripting Guy!” shows you how to use Invoke-RestMethod to read a list of entries from an RSS feed.  How can I use Windows PowerShell to see the list of articles from an RSS feed?       Just use the Invoke-RestMethod and provide the full path to the link to the RSS feed….


PowerShell and the REST API for the IT pro

Summary: This post provides a quick introduction to what the REST API is, and how it applies to Windows PowerShell. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I can see there is this cool cmdlet called Invoke-RestMethod. I’ve been told REST API’s are all around, and this allows me to consume that data. Could you give me a…