It’s been killing me to see scripts that are written like V1 functions and having these wonderfully written V2 style advanced functions contained inside of them.

I would like to share a secret about the CmdletBinding, Parameter attribution, and the rest of the capabilities of Advanced Functions.

These features are not just for Functions!

Those Things That Keep Us Apart, Bring Us Together

There are a couple of key differences between functions and scripts.

  1. A function is declared at runtime and kept in memory.
  2. A script resides in a file on the file system.
  3. A function is declared with

function Add-SomeNameHere

  1. A script is declared with a file extension of .ps1.

The file name (before the .ps1) replaces the “function YourFunctionNameHere”. 

The file itself acts like curly braces surrounding the scriptblock contained in the file.

Use the Pipeline Luke!

Sorry for the bad Star Wars reference..

Since we’ve shown that scripts and functions share more in common than they don’t, we can build our scripts to take advantage of the pipeline. 

I can start them out with [CmdletBinding()] and add all the ShouldProcess goodness, or use set a default parameter set.

I can set up Begin, Process, and End blocks in my script, just like in an Advanced Function.

I can use the [Parameter] attribute and specify parameters that can come from the pipeline, make them mandatory, and all the other goodness I could do with an advanced function. 

And of course, I can add all the Comment Based Help I can think of.

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