SAPIEN Technologies released today the first ever iPhone application for Windows PowerShell users: iPowerShell. The first version of iPowerShell is an easy to use reference tool for users of Microsoft’s PowerShell scripting language. It contains full descriptions of each and every core PowerShell Version 1 cmdlet, their syntax, parameters and examples of proper usage as well as the complete set of “about item” help topics.
Let’s take a quick tour…
This first screenshot shows a part of the alphabetized list of help topics. Here we see the first few “about” item topics. Tapping on one of these items displays the standard “about” help text that comes with PowerShell.
Scrolling further down the screen (or using the tappable index on the right), you will find all of the stock cmdlets listed. iPowerShell also has a quick search function that allows the user to type in partial search terms which results in a pared-down list of PowerShell cmdlets that include the term in their name. Tap on a cmdlet and you will see the info screen for that cmdlet.
Certain pieces of information such as the parameter explanations and examples are reached by another tap on the specific cell. For example, tapping on the EXAMPLES cell displays examples of that cmdlet’s usage.
Of course, iPowerShell also displays its information in landscape mode. This makes it easier to view some of the help text.
The free iPowerShell utility is currently available for download on the Apple AppStore. It runs on both the iPhone and iPod touch devices with OS 2.2 installed.
4 comments on “iPowerShell brings PowerShell Help to iPhone”
This is an excellent app – I’ve just put it on my iPhone & I love it!
It’s perfect for when I’m on the bus & want to teach myself something about PowerShell..
I use Quest’s ActiveDirectory PowerPack a lot & would find it very useful if its cmdlet help was also available via iPowerShell.
It’s be really great if help was available via extra downloadable packages for iPowerShell for e.g. the top 5 most popular PowerPacks.
Thank you for your good words. We have a LOT of exciting plans in store for this application. It was important to us to get this first version out there to get it into people’s hands so we can get feedback as to what people are looking for in this type of application. We are already speaking to various vendors about including their cmdlet help in upcoming versions. Keep an eye on the app store for upcoming revs.
Thanks, the really good ideas are always appreciated and well received. Thanks to groups like Sapien and people like Jeff the community benefits tracend countries and interoperability makes even more sense. THANK YOU gain Sapien and Jeff!
Isvet Laclaustra – MVP
IT Community Staff Puerto Rico
Excellent app, very usefull when you have some time to kill and want to learn more about PS.
One suggestion – I think it would be even better if the search feature also includes searching the content of each item, not just the name.
Thanks again for bringing PS to the Apple world! 🙂
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