Powershell IDE's

As you may have figured out, I am a bit of a PowerShell fan - and it just keeps getting better. As Scott Hanselman posted last week (http://www.hanselman.com/blog/FreePowerShellIDE.aspx) there are now 2 high quality IDE's for PowerShell available for free download.

I don't know if PowerShell IDE's claim to be the “first PowerShell IDE“ is entirely true or not. From my perspective, I thought that PowerShell Analyzer had been around a lot longer. I know that there was a version of it available when PowerShell was still going by it's Monad codename. And I don't know if being the “first“ is necessarily a meaningful claim to fame anyway.

The UI for PowerShell IDE definitely looks slicker than PowerShell Analyser, but it does just feel like someone has plugged in a 3rd party UI toolkit. It has a very nice Office 2007 look and feel, but what initially looks like a ribbon bar, really behaves more like an old fashioned toolbar. It appears that they really have a standard menu and toolbar that were “skinned“ with an Office 2007 skin.

Overall, I have hit more issues with the beta version of PowerShell IDE than I have with the Alpha of PowerShell Analyzer. Although this may have just been the task that I was working on at the time. Unfortunately PowerShell Analyzer is still in a “closed” alpha state at this point (although Karl is still accepting more people into the alpha testing program)

Print | posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:14 PM

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