PowerShell Inventor Jeffrey Snover Interview
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Jeffrey Snover: "PowerShell is great because we had a series of rockstar engineers add their awesomeness to the project."

SAN FRANCISCO - Californer -- We had a great talk with Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Technical Fellow, and CTO for Modern Workforce Transformation. Snover is the inventor of Windows PowerShell, an object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command-line shell.

The Interview

For more than 15 years PowerShell has helped to automate routine processes and to perform tasks on local and remote systems. We can link the Monad Manifesto document with a «Chicken or the egg» dilemma. Did the document become the starting point for PowerShell development or was it just a reflection of principles at the already created system?

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Jeffrey: PowerShell was a journey that had three distinct 'points of clarity'. The first came with the unique design of a command line tool called WMIC. I designed it specifically to get around some crazy internal product-prevention processes at Microsoft. It was a pipeline processor of XML documents with XSLT transforms. That architecture allowed me to add an incredible amount of power with little effort. I looked at that and said, "wow".

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