What is PowerShell ISE

In my previous post I gave you a quick glimpse into the the history of PowerShell. Pretty crazy to think about that PowerShell has been around for 11 years now, what did we ever do without it? Anyways – let’s talk about PowerShell ISE.

PowerShell v2.0 introduced its first Windows-based graphic user interface (GUI) called PowerShell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment). It provides everything you need from writing a script with syntax coloring, cmdlets, selective execution, context-sensitive help, and helping you debug your code.  PowerShell v3.0 introduced Auto-Complete and also eliminated a few syntax, so if you’re running PowerShell v2.0 those eliminated syntaxes might be an issue. When I create code I need to make it available for a lot of different Windows Servers from 2008-2016. Here is an example:

Squiggle brackets for Where-Object are not needed anymore and it allows for less typing and makes the code easy to read. As mentioned above; this will not work on v2.0 devices and will break the script.


get-service | where {$_.status -eq 'running'}


get-service | where status -eq 'running'

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy when you can say more with less! My wife on the other hand – not so much. Catch you tomorrow with more on PowerShell.


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