Jul.20

.NET 4.6 today, PowerShell 5 soon

Today, Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 were officially released. I won’t talk about VS2015 yet, but in regards to .NET 4.6:
I noticed a lot of the news sites covering it either didn’t provide a download link for .NET 4.6, or provided the absolute wrong links. The only “real” download link I can find is at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads – From there scroll down a bit and in the left-hand column there’s a section for .NET

Seeing that it’s released got me excited, because hopefully that means a PowerShell 5 for Win7/8 release is coming soon. I was reading over the new features list again and the ones that I’m most excited about are:

  • ConvertFrom-String – sounds like it takes regular text output and does a ghetto conversion into making that text more like an object. Takes some work to build a template for it, but could be handy in many situations, especially when getting output from Linux bash scripts or something
  • Direct support for managing symbolic links in New-Item
  • Using Copy-Item to copy files through a PowerShell remote session. Huge win for feature parity with linux ssh/scp
  • Get-Clipboard and Set-Clipboard built in support
  • Out-File, Add-Content, and Set-Content support -NoNewLine
  • Get-ItemPropertyValue makes it a much more intuitive and straightforward process working with registry stuff via PowerShell
  • Smaller delay between when you open a new PowerShell session then try to tab-complete. Waiting that few seconds is always so annoying!
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