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Powershell in a Month – Day 19 – I/O

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

Not the I/O that we think of in T-SQL, but more the I/O that’s a part of many programming languages. This reminds me a bit of C, with the explanation of how the powershell environment interacts with the user. It’ s not standard in and out, but it’s close.

This chapter also feels like it was written by a different author than some of the previous chapters. The chapter goes into some of the ways in which output commands interact with the shell, and how some do not. For example, the difference between Write-Host and Write-Output. The chapter uses diagrams of the pipeline to explain this. I was surprised that these diagrams weren’t used earlier in the discussion of the pipeline and how objects and data can flow through the pipeline. That’s a big omission from my point of view. I have a good idea of what a pipeline is, but the diagrams would have made it easier for many other people to understand what a pipeline is.

In any case, this chapter mostly deals with the relationship between the input and output and the PoSh process. There are mentions of the separation and how other editors might deal with the input and output differently, but not good examples. In some ways, I found this chapter a bit lacking. In a few sections, it seems that the prose is devoted to more about what not to do than what to do and how to build I/O interaction with the user.

The lab wasn’t great and overall, I didn’t like this chapter very much. Felt a little confusing about how I use this information.

 

 


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