Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2008 20:38 UTC
.NET (dotGNU too) Igor Moochnick announced Pash, an open source implementation of Microsoft's PowerShell. "The main goal is to provide a rich shell environment for other operating systems as well as to provide a hostable scripting engine for rich applications. The user experience should be seamless for people who are used to Windows version of PowerShell. The scrips, cmdlets and providers should runs AS-IS (if they are not using Windows-specific functionality). The rich applications that host PowerShell should run on any other operating system AS-IS. Secondary goal: the scripts should run across the machines and different OS's seamlesly (but following all the security guidelines)."
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Bash, ZSH et al may be powerful in themselves, but they're all built upon primitive, archaic foundations: untyped data, ASCII-centric assumptions, limited IPC capabilities, crude exception mechanisms, etc.

What you're saying is they're not buzzword compliant. However, they are proven, effective, stable, and have huge support. Shells are supposed to be quick and dirty. Powershell is a way overengineered solution to the problem of shell scripting.

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