Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Why I Love PowerShell

There are a lot of tools out there to help you get your job done, and your effectual use of them is the singular most important factor in your productivity as a developer. One of my favorite questions to ask a candidate in an interview is, "Please name your top five favorite tools besides your IDE." This should be an easy one for a productive developer.

PowerShell is one of my favorite tools, and here's a short list of reasons. PowerShell, I love you because:

  • You make it easy to validate my regex is working

  • You give me an easy way to test my ExpressionBuilder

  • You make it easy to translate a SID to a username

  • You make it easy to find the biggest files in a folder recursively

  • You make it easy to copy only the largest files that don't have a certain extension

  • You're an object-oriented, dynamic language driven SHELL!!!

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