XML-based Windows Script files belong in your toolbox

In "Extensible Markup Language," April 2000, I introduced the new XML-based Windows Script (WS) files, which Microsoft Windows Script Host (WSH) 2.0 registers with a .wsf extension. I examined the WS files' XML schema and each element's syntax, definition, and usage. Now let's look at the new capabilities and benefits that WS files provide and put this knowledge to work.

WSH 2.0 Features
Before I dive into the code, let's recap several WSH 2.0 features. The XML-based WS files provide the following top WSH 2.0 capabilities.

Include file support. The include file capability lets you place commonly used code in a separate file or files, then reference the file (or files) in other scripts. The separate file's code becomes available to the script that contains the include directive. The end tag. Because one job can have several script blocks, the

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