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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

charlism Re:PowerShell (383 comments)

Powershell actually was created by taking the best of the Unix CLI and rolling in the .NET and COM object model. So it is a Windows flavored superset of the Unix CLI.

show how the approach you refer to is more robust than Unix pipes.

You can pass objects and collections of objects in the PowerShell pipes.

[Are manual pages] accessible from within the terminal emulator hosting the command line?

Yes. And "manual pages" can be included inside user created functions to behave just like the built in ones. The help information in Powershell can be quite verbose. But it is categorized and the Get-Help cmdlet has switches to show you the basics, certain sections, or the whole content.

about 10 months ago
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My most frequent OS migration path?

charlism None of the above. (413 comments)

TRSDOS > LDOS > MSDOS > DRDOS > MSDOS > Windows > OS2 > Windows. I won't bore you with the version numbers but I will say that I skipped Vista and have no intention of installing Windows 8. I am waiting to see what happens after 8. It very well might be Linux for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Bureau of Statistics Doesn't Like Direct Downloads of Census Data

charlism Do not attribute (136 comments)

to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence. The real goal could of had nothing to do with "hiding" the data.

about a year and a half ago
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What desktop search engine for a shared volume?

charlism Search Server 2008 Express (1 comments)

Except for integration with the desktop search interface you are describing Microsoft Search Server. Do you know that a lite version of the enterprise search built into SharePoint is now free? Your users will have to go to a web site to search the shared folders but there would only be one set of indexes and the indexing is done by a service on the server on a schedule you dictate. Google "Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express"

about 5 years ago

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