What is the key to getting a scripting language really taking off? The number of sample scripts in that and their availability. As wikipedia claims: “half of Perl’s power is in the CPAN”.
Should we replicate the CPAN for PowerShell? No way. We should make PowerShell script repository way better. And today we have made a huge step in that direction. Starting with version 1.5.1 of PowerGUI, the script editor got a really nifty feature – ability to search for a script online right within the IDE:
All you need to do is:
- On the File menu, click Search Online.
- In the Search Online dialog box, type in the keywords and hit Enter.
- Hover over each entry for which you want to read the description.
- Click Download to open the ones you selected (yes, you can multiselect to open a few scripts with one click!)
This means that the great work which Joel and Hal are doing on the script repository at PowerShellCommunity.org (if that’s too much typing, poshcomm.org will take you to that site as well, or you can use poshcode.org to just go to the repository) is now at your fingertips right within the scripting IDE!
Check out the repository, and obviously do contribute to it whenever you come with something others could reuse.