PowerShell ASP – Too cool!

For the longest time, people have been asking me when they’ll be able to use PowerShell in ASP.  It makes perfect sense – PowerShell is a great language that let’s you do amazing things quickly.  Sadly, my answer has always been:

At Microsoft, to ship is to choose.

We are trying to solve the problem of administrating and automating Windows and until we get things like Remoting, Jobs, Eventing, etc done, it would be a breach of our responsibilities to pursue ASP programming no matter how cool and useful it would be.  Now let me be clear, I believe ASP programming is SUPER useful to Admins (as well as everyone else).  It is just that we need to do first things first.

So now to the great news:  The superstars at NSoftware have finally solved this problem and published PowerShellASP.  Here is their description of it:

PowerShellASP is an ASP-like template language for Web Applications; templates contain a mixture of markup (HTML, XML or whatever you want to generate) and inline PowerShell code. At runtime, templates/pages are fully translated to PowerShell code and executed as a single unit inside a PowerShell pipeline, with the results sent to the client browser.

PowerShellASP runs off the ASP.NET platform, implemented as a custom IHttpHandler mapped to *.ps1x files. Because of this, you can mix PowerShellASP pages alongside any ASP.NET application. This provides a great way to leverage PowerShellASP inside your existing applications as needed or you can create complete applications from scratch based only on *.ps1x pages.

 Are you drooling yet?  If not, check out this example:

      <% get-process | foreach { %> 
      <% } %>

Is that awesome or what? 
Still not drooling?  Check this out:  it’s FREE!
I told you they were superstars!
Download it and blog about your experiences – I’d love to hear what you think.

BTW:  NSoftware is also ships NetCmdlets, a rich collection of cmdlets to deal a wide range of protocols including SSH and SNMP.  Did you know that you can do remote PowerShell over SSH today?  With NetCmdlets you can.  Check those out HERE.


Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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