I’ve decided to embark on what will doubtless be a months-long project: a book that covers the history of PowerShell, from its earliest inception to the shell we all know and use today. But I want to do more than just document the dry facts: I want to capture the impact.
I’m going to be working with some of the earliest Microsoft team members who worked on PowerShell, so that part’s covered. But Microsoft’s end of things is far from the whole story: how PowerShell impacted its users – that’s you, perhaps – is just as important.
So here’s what I’d love for you to do: drop a comment below. Tell me how you reacted to PowerShell. Tell me how you found it, and what your initial experience was. Tell me how PowerShell grew (or didn’t) for you, and describe any real turning points you came to. If PowerShell made a change in your life, tell me about that. As much as possible, give me a time frame for your comments – at least approximate years – so I can work your comments into the overall chronology.
I’d even love comments about your pre-PowerShell life. Did you use KiXtart or VBScript? How’d that work out? Was automation not a thing for you prior to PowerShell? If not, what was your working life like? Some contrast between “the way things were” and “the way things can be” is an important element of the overall narrative I’m trying to construct.
Your comments may be used in the final book, so by posting here you’re giving implicit permission for me to use your text. I’d appreciate you including your first/given name, if you don’t mind doing so.
And I’d also appreciate you spreading this post as far and wide as possible, so that I can get as much input and “color” as possible.