You will love the new shell named Powershell!


When I installed Windows SDK to test Indigo stuff, I found another toy named Powershell. Powershell is the new name of MSH code named Monad. It is a shell or command interpreter based on .NET framework.
I thought the cmd.exe shell is too simple for practical uses. But, Powershell is simply great!. It is easy, simple, and powerful. It also gives an interactive script development environment that I missed from VB or Jscript. For me, it looks like a Scheme or Lisp interpreter that I learnt and loved at college. Moreover, I think it gives good enough features to manage systems..Now I’m considering using a text based editor like vi, emacs, or qeditor again..:-)
You can download Powershell standalone here.
It will be great if Powershell provider or cmdlet (command let) for BizTalk Server would be provided. (If I have sometime I’d like to make some sample codes for BizTalk Server management.)
Try the new shell, and I believe you will love it!


Comments (5)

  1. Adam Weigert says:

    What do you mean cmd.exe is too simple for practical uses …. I wrote an entire multi-application deployment application on top of a dozen batch scripts (supports file copy / windows + cluster services / multi-destination / archival) … :-p … plus scripts to run multi-threaded backups on our file servers … cmd.exe rocks!

    Though powershell is so sweet i’ll finally be able to ressurrect my developer skills and put them to a good sys admin use … :-p

  2. yjhong says:

    Sorry I was wrong. You are right. I’d like to correct the sentence as follows:

    "For me the scripts for cmd.exe are sometimes too complex to follow". 🙂

  3. When I installed Windows SDK to test Indigo stuff, I found another toy named Powershell. Powershell is the new name of MSH code named Monad . It is a shell or command interpreter based on .NET framework. I thought the cmd.exe shell is too simple for practica