Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jan 2007 00:43 UTC
Microsoft "Once upon a time, when DOS walked the earth, the command line was the primary user interface for most of our computers. Then, Windows came along, and Microsoft seemed set on leaving the command prompt to dry up and wither into obscurity. Fortunately, Microsoft has again turned its attention to the command line and, in so doing, has produced one of the most compelling new Windows features eWEEK Labs has ever had the pleasure to test: Windows PowerShell."
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RE[2]: Complicated
by backdoc on Thu 25th Jan 2007 03:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Complicated"
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2006-01-14

I tend to agree with you. To me, the basic DOS syntax gets me by. Don't get me wrong, I like Unix shells like bash and csh much better. But, I don't get annoyed as much having to type copy instead of cp or dir instead of ls. I can live with that. But, if I want or need some elaborate OO code, I can use Python or C# or something made for writing powerful applications. What I miss are things associated with basic conveniences like:

o hitting tab twice to show more suggestions
o tabs on the command window itself
o up arrow history that can filter based on the few characters you type
o history that #1, works and #2 isn't forgotten between sessions
o includes apps like grep, sort, uniq, cut, sed and awk by default

I should elaborate to say that if MS will just make things less annoying, I will be happy. We have Vista at work. In fact, we have every new MS app at work. And, I have absolutely no interest in installing them. I could, but I'm just not excited by all of the hype.

Edited 2007-01-25 03:42

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