Just thought I would post a quick note on my experience with the Powershell ISE. In the past I have stated my preference for Powershell Plus as my Powershell script editor. I am still a huge fan (well other than the new version seems to have an issue) of the product and in truth it is much more than a script editor.
I also enjoy the PowerGUI editor but in general I do not use the PowerGUI suite, but when working on a script on a machine that isn’t my workstation, it was easy to install PowerGUI and have access to a decent editor.
With Powershell V2, the ISE was introduced. I had used it briefly when giving an internal demonstration of Powershell to my colleagues. I also must admit that I tried to customize it using the ISE specific profile but failed miserably and had given up on it.
A recent project had me developing a script on a server and considering latency it was just easier to RDP into the server and interact with the console. With the ISE, I had access to an editor and a powershell command line interface without installing PowerGUI or any other software. I am very impressed with the ISE for developing and debugging scripts.
That said, I still think Powershell Plus is a great tool set. Any script editor that includes syntax highlighting is helpful and there are some other niceties such as automatically certificate signing scripts, snippets and code completion. Where I still use Powershell Plus the most is the actual shell. Whether working on a script or just simple day to day sell usage, I have found Iuse get-help much less since within the shell I can type a cmdlet or function and it knows about most if not all the parameters and includes links to help documents or searches.
Okay I have to get back to completing this script.
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