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Translate 6 lines of code to C#?

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I'm good at programming AutoHotkey scripts. I'm learning C#. Could someone translate this snippet of code to C# for me?

  objShell := ComObjCreate("Shell.Application")
  objFolder := objShell.Namespace(TargetFolder . "\")

  i := 0
  loop, 30
  {
    Tstr := objFolder.GetDetailsOf(objFolder.Items, i)
    <write Tstr to console>
  }

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Question by:deleyd
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by:Carl Tawn
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Not being familiar with AutoHotKeys myself, maybe you could explain what the code is doing?
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 objShell = new ComObjCreate("Shell.Application");
  objFolder = objShell.Namespace("TargetFolder");

  for (int i=0;i<30;i++)
  {
    Tstr = objFolder.GetDetailsOf(objFolder.Items, i);
    Console.WriteLine("You Output : " + Tstr);
  }

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by:Carl Tawn
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Yeah, I think it's going to take a little more than just changing it to look a little more like C# syntax!!
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by:mac-will
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You are printing the contents of a directory to the console?

[NOTE: using System.IO;]


            DirectoryInfo source = new DirectoryInfo(@"\");
            foreach (DirectoryInfo diSourceSubDir in source.GetDirectories())
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Directory: " + diSourceSubDir.Name);
            }

            foreach (FileInfo fi in source.GetFiles())
            {
                Console.WriteLine("File: " + fi.Name);
            }

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by:deleyd
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OK I see I need to give a bit more of what I'm trying to do. In Windows File Explorer it lists various attributes for a file. Under VIEW -> CHOOSE DETAILS there's an extensive list of things I can list about a file, such as if it's a music file I can list the 'Album', 'Artists', 'Title', 'Comments', 'Year', etc.

I can get this info from Shell32 (C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll). The AutoHotkey script above does this using a COM interface.

I bet there's a better way in C# since COM is sort of old and going obsolete from what I've been reading lately.
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Carl Tawn earned 250 total points
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Actually I think you'll still need to use Shell. So you'll need to add a reference to the "Microsoft Shell Controls And Automation" from the COM tab of the Add Reference dialog.

After that, you can try:
            Shell32.Shell shell = new Shell32.Shell();
            Shell32.Folder folder = shell.NameSpace(@"somefolder");

            for (int i = 0; i != 30; ++i)
            {
                string value = folder.GetDetailsOf(folder, i);
                Console.WriteLine(value);
            }

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by:mac-will
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good find @carl_tawn!

Extending this a little:

            DirectoryInfo source = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\Users\NAME\Music");

            Shell32.Shell shell = new Shell32.Shell();
            Shell32.Folder folder = shell.NameSpace(source.FullName);

            foreach (FileInfo fi in source.GetFiles())
            {
                Shell32.FolderItem fileItem = folder.ParseName(fi.Name);
                for (int i = 0; i != 50; ++i)
                {
                    string attrib = folder.GetDetailsOf(folder, i);
                    string value = folder.GetDetailsOf(fileItem, i);
                    Console.WriteLine(attrib + " : " + value);
                }
            }

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by:deleyd
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Super! (thought I already said "Super!". Surprised to see question is still open. OK I'll say "Super!" again. See if it works this time.)
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