Monthly Archives: September 2015

PowerShell – keep SMTP in environment variable

You probably use “Send-MailMessage” across many scripts.  I sure do.

Why repeat configuration in every script?   That’s a headache to update and manage long term.   I suggest keeping that configuration in Machine Environment Variables.   These save globally and are visible to any downstream code including:

  • PowerShell
  • Dot Net
  • IIS
  • Windows Service
  • Windows Form
  • .. and more

Below is an example using “$env:smtp” to send email from PowerShell.   Now all of your scripts are simpler and as you move PS1 files across environments (dev, test, acpt, prod) the configuration will follow naturally.   Cheers!   shades_smile



 -To ""
 -From ""
 -Subject "hello world"
 -Body "hello world"
 -SmtpServer $env:smtp




Fake data with Angular JS services

Ever wanted to simulate JSON data within your Angular app?    The code below I found handy and wanted to share.

The goal was to override a “real data” call by watching a global flag (testmode=true).   Here we have a call to SharePoint 2013’s REST user profile service overridden which returns hardcoded JSON instead.    That enables us to develop local and offline (no SharePoint) and switch to full online mode later with real data calls.  Maybe full WebAPI services aren’t online yet.   That’s OK.  Why slow down application design?   Cheers!   shades_smile



var myApp = myApp || {};
//test data
myApp.testMode = true;
myApp.testuser = {
    "d": {
        "AccountName": "DOMAIN\\testuser",
        "DisplayName": "Test User",
        "Email": ""
//Angular Service
myApp.svc = function ($q, $http) {
    $http.defaults.headers.common['Accept'] = 'application/json;odata=verbose';
    //SharePoint User Profile
    this.getMe = function () {
        //fake HTTP simulated data
        //return full promise object so controller can use ".success();"
        if (myApp.testMode) {
            var fakeHttp = {
                success: function (callback) {
                error: function (callback) {
            return fakeHttp;
        //real HTTP
        return $http.get('/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties');
//Angular Controller
myApp.ctl = function ($scope, $svc) {
    var vm = $scope;
    vm.init = function () {
        //data call - get current user detail
        $svc.getMe().success(function (data) {
            vm.currentLogin = data.d.AccountName;
            vm.currentDomain = data.d.AccountName.split('\\')[0];
//Anuglar Module
angular.module('myApp', [])
    .controller('ctl', myApp.ctl)
    .service('$svc', myApp.svc);

UPDATE – please also read this great article covering “ngMockE2E”

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