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What Exactly is Powershell?

This is a question I've been asking myself a lot lately after seeing the term sprinkled among IT blogs and articles.  As a software developer I've never had to work with Powershell, but I have read that it's a useful tool to know, even as a developer.

Today I came an article by Ryan Palo called Powershell Tutorial (Especially for those who hate Powershell) - and it gave me a better understanding of how to use and what it's used for.  Since I'm not an IT Administrator, I've not had to use this tool, but I can see why administrators would love this, especially in a large network. 

I did open up Powershell, which BTW is run on the .NET framework, and went through some of the commands as explained in the article.  And I can see why some people would hate Powershell.  I'm not going to say I "hate" it because that's a really strong word.  I'm sure the more you use it, and the more you become comfortable with Powershell, you would start liking it more.  But it's just not something I really need to use.  I will say though it's good to know it's available should I ever need to use it in the future!

For those of you who do use Powershell, please comment on specific examples of what you use it for.

Thanks!

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