Another track, this time for me to collect useful scripting snippets. Here's one:
In Unix, if I have a non-unique list of strings, it's sometimes interesting to see the frequency in which the particular strings appear. For example, I have a list of errors from a long, and need the top 10. In Unix, it's pretty simple:
bash$ cat file | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr | head -10
Okay, maybe 'simple' may be a little overstating things. Let's cut to the chase. Here's how we do it in PowerShell:
PSH> Get-Content file | Group-Object | Format-Table count, name | Select-Object -First10
That's expanding all the commands.
PSH> gc file | group | ft count, name | select -f 10
That's shortest form, but whoever has to maintain that script will hunt us down and for good reason.