Automating the world one-liner at a time…
Gent Hito and the superstars at /n software has just announced a new product division, PowerShellToys. This division is focused exclusively in PowerShell technologies. PowerShellToys products bridge other Microsoft technologies to PowerShell making it easily accessible to other developers: Web Developers, Desktop Application Developers, Database Developers, etc..
Gent told me that they are called "Toys" because the folks at /n software believe that once developers see the sheer power of bringing PowerShell into their environment, they will look at these tools with a wide grin, bringing back those childhood memories of wonder and amazement when touching a cool new toy. That sounds right to me. I remember that after a couple months of developing PowerShell someone would say, “check this out” and we’d all file into someone’s office and get wildly excited seeing what they did with a simple script or one liner. I recall thinking, “wow – this makes computers fun again”.
Here is the current list of their "toys":
Builds Dynamic Web Content with Windows PowerShell! PowerShellASP is an ASP-like template language for Web applications. PowerShellASP templates consist of markup (HTML, XML, etc.) and inline PowerShell code. At runtime, templates/pages are translated to PowerShell code, executed as a single unit, and sent to the client browser. I expect a TON of people will want this including ADMINS.
Generates Dynamic SharePoint Content with Windows PowerShell! The PowerShellWebPart brings PowerShellASP to SharePoint Pages through a standard SharePoint Web Part.
Serves Dynamic RSS Feeds with Windows PowerShell! PowerShellRSS executes PowerShell scripts and easily formats the pipeline object result as an RSS feed.
Windows PowerShell as a Database! PowerShellADO allows you to treat any PowerShell script as an ADO.NET data source, opening up entirely new possibilities for .NET developers! I can’t wait to give this one a try. This approach was used with great success by the Exchange team (they wrote a layer on top of PS to do this).
A PowerShell-Powered ASP.NET Panel Control! PowerShellPanel is an ASP.NET Control that enables any developer to include dynamic PowerShellASP in any ASP.NET web page, bringing live PowerShell content to ASP.NET.
Give those a try and share what you produce!
Experiment! Enjoy! Engage!
Jeffrey Snover [MSFT] Distinguished Engineer Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx
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