Friday, October 25, 2013

Easy way to benchmark ruby code

As I was pounding away at the language I barely understand, I started thinking... which of the two approaches is faster:

A:    Let RegEx do a case insensitive search or
B:    Downcase all of the output, and let the regex run.
`auditpol /get /subcategory:\"#{@category}\"`.match(/#{test}/i)
`auditpol /get /subcategory:\"#{@category}\"`.downcase.match(/#{test}/)

Well, apparently there is an incredibly .. retardedly easy way to satisfy that curiosity:

 The simplest way to measure your Ruby code is with Benchmark.measure
require 'benchmark'
require 'bigdecimal/math'

# calculate pi to 10k digits
puts Benchmark.measure { BigMath.PI(10_000) }
More here:

Just wow.... I don't think I ever had it that easy with measure object in powershell... to be perfectly honest, that object in powershell is borderline useless.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Managing AWS with powershell - part 3

Pure Magic...

How to get Information for all of the nodes you have with passwords and FQDS... Like this:

(Get-EC2Instance |? {$_.RunningInstance.keyname -like '<YOUR KEY NAME>'}).RunningInstance | select instanceid, PublicDnsName, IpAddress, @{Label="password";Expression={Get-EC2PasswordData $_.instanceid -PemFile '<Path to your .PEM file...C:\Bla\bla.pem>'}}, @{label="test";expression={(Get-EC2Instance $_.instanceid).RunningInstance.Tag.value}} | ft -autosize

Idempotence in Chef on Windows via WMI / Powershell - Light at at the end of the tunel

As part of writing Chef recipes, the big thing is to run code once and only once.

Well, Chef is Ruby, running on top of windows. To make things more interesting, the native wmi providers come in the form of a community GEMs.

only_if { WMI::Win32_Service.find(:first, :conditions => {:name => 'chef-client'}).nil? }

The best way to find / test WMI functionality is with Powershell... Well..Here are a few things that make life just a little easier:

1: This bad boy automatically generates WMI query in powershell. Talk about free.
Download here:

2: Which namespace should you use???
Powershell 3 (Server 2008+) gives you the answer for free!!!!
Example1: Get-CimClass -MethodName *bios*
Example2: Get-CimClass -ClassName *bios*

What do you get?

    NameSpace: ROOT/cimv2

CimClassName                        CimClassMethods      CimClassProperties
------------                                  ---------------               ------------------
Win32_SMBIOSMemory       {SetPowerState, R...   {Caption, Descripti
CIM_BIOSElement                 {}                                {Caption, Descripti
Win32_BIOS                           {}                                {Caption, Descripti
CIM_VideoBIOSElement       {}                                {Caption, Descripti

You get a free Powershell Query:


Holy Crap!! That was easy.