PowerShell – Editors & Integrated Tools

Well it’s time to have a short overview of my favorite PowerShell Editor & Integrated Tools.

1. One of the best if not the best tool, is of course Sapien PrimalScript Editor.

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It has a very rich set of functionality and support about 50 languages. Best check out their website for more details.

But unfortunately this is not free of charge, being a commercial product/

2. Not as good but good enough is the free IDERA PowerShellPlus Professional edition.

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Execute PowerShell fast and accurately with a powerful IDE
Access pre-loaded scripts from QuickClick Library™
Code & debug PowerShell 10x faster via script editor
Download scripts from PowerShell.com and other Communities

Interesting features are :
Regular Expression builder
Code Signing option
Module management
Screen Capturer
GUID creator

3. Admin Script Editor (ASE) basic but still interesting.

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It previously a commercial product but is now offered for free, although further development has ceased. ASE provides a set of tools useful for creating and editing scripts in PowerShell, VBScript and other scripting languages.

Admin Script Editor offers a graphical form designer, wizards to help build code, an integrated debugger to identify issues with scripts, and support for drag-and-drop code authoring. Its ScriptForm Designer enables you to create custom dialogs for your scripts, and the ScriptPackager feature can generate executables for deployment.

As such there will be no further development or support of the product

4. PowerGUI Editor

is a free PowerShell-based computer and network admin console offering script editing and debugging features. It has a MMC-like GUI and by default lets you browse Active Directory, Network, Exchange 2007, and Local System stats/settings with the ability to customize the results and to add more component types via what is called PowerPack add-ins.

The script editor features instant command and attribute help as you type, has code sniplets, includes debugging, and has integrated.

The Product has now been acquired by Dell.

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5. Powershell IDE.

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Comes along with the Windows OS. The basic IDE is free and has some add-ins available like the Script Browser / Analyzer.

And of course the Intellisense comes in handy as well

6. Group Policy Management Editor

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This one speaks for itself I guess.

7. MS SQL Powershell Proxy

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See also here for .Net Tools for Powershell

Powershell can also be enriched by a multitude of extra Modules and SnapIns. I will add a separate post about my favorites later.

Let me know if you have more interesting tools to add.

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