Windows Vista PowerShell tested

Posted on Friday, Jan 26 2007 @ 02:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
eWeek got the chance to test the new PowerShell from Microsoft.
PowerShell 1.0, which was formerly known by the code name Monad, extends to administrators, developers and enthusiasts a powerful new interface for their Windows machines that's based on stringing together small, well-defined applications into pipelines—a handy capability on which Linux and Unix administrators have long relied.

However, unlike Linux and Unix shells such as bash or korn, in which strung-together applications pass data to each other as raw text, PowerShell boasts an object-based approach that enables elements to communicate more intelligently with each other.

For instance, in both the bash shell (the default for most Linux distributions) and in PowerShell, you can sort items in a folder by size by piping the output of a "list items" command to a "sort" command.
PowerShell doesn't ship with Windows Vista. You have to download it at Microsoft's website.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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