Learn about Windows PowerShell
Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, offers a quick thirty-word description of Windows PowerShell, and he proves it.
What is Windows PowerShell in thirty words or less?
Windows PowerShell is the next generation cmd prompt and scripting language from Microsoft. It can be a replacement for vbscript and for the cmd prompt in most circumstances.
How can you be sure that was thirty words or less?
By using the following code:
$a = "Windows PowerShell is the next generation cmd prompt and scripting language from Microsoft. It can be a replacement for vbscript and for the cmd prompt in most circumstances."
Measure-Object -InputObject $a -Word
<p>very well done that was awesome!</p>
<p>Very nice definition of PowerShell .. :)</p>
<p>Why is it still called next generation? To me, it is the current generation as PS has been there for 5+ years.</p>
<p>@Vern_Anderson @Amit Khare thank you. I am glad you liked my definition.</p>
<p>@Jwff_Yao Personally I agree with you -- I have been using PowerShell AS my CMD prompt since it was called Monad, but for most people PowerShell is still something they have not used. EVEN Windows Server 2012 installed in Core Mode STILL boots up to the 30 year old CMD prompt! So, with the OLD CMD prompt still hanging around, I felt the need to call it the Next Generation CMD prompt. Keep in mind, this is MY personal 30 word description, and not the official 30 word description from the PowerShell Team -- of course, I am not sure they actually have an official 30 word description ...</p>
<p>ED, I'm new to PowerShell. I watched those "Learn It Now Before It's an Emergency 1 to 5". You Rock the PowerShell World. </p>
<p>Coming to this one liner query...I can tell myself that I've leaned something in Powershell today.... Thank a lot.</p>
<p>@VenkatSP Awesome. I am glad you are learning Windows PowerShell. AND thanks for your comments. It made my day! I EVEN forwarded it to the Scripting Manager :-)</p>