Linked by Adam S on Tue 8th Jul 2008 12:47 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y In 2006, Microsoft released Windows Powershell, a new command line shell that, via cmdlets, scripts, and executables, allow core system administration tasks to be scripted. While this functionality has been available on Unix-type systems for decades, Microsoft's version will almost certainly, within a few years, be available on several hundred million PCs. So how does the Powershell stack up against Linux favorite bash? MSDN links to this Bash vs Powershell article.
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by backdoc on Thu 10th Jul 2008 01:59 UTC
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All Microsoft needed to do was to fix command line navigation in cmd.exe. Fixing things like the up arrow history, the tab completion and remembering history between sessions would have made cmd tolerable. If they wanted to create a new command line scripting language, well.... I guess they succeeded. But, if the didn't fix the former, it's not going to do anything for me.

The smartest thing they could have done would have been to just port a native nix shell to Windows and install Perl, Python and Ruby by default. That just seems like it would have been too easy.

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