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Monad is Dead, Long Live Windows PowerShell

Posted in PowerShell at Friday, 28 April 2006 11:12 W. Europe Daylight Time

Finally, Microsoft has given the new Windows CLI (codenamed Monad) its name: PowerShell. <rant>I can't help myself, but I believe there could be a better name. Why didn't they just stick to Microsoft Shell?</rant>

The product is currently RC1 (download versions for x86, x64 or ia64 and the docs), I will start using it as soon as I get the opportunity of writing a new script.

Update: I found a good reference to the beta name "Monad" in the first chapter of Bruce Payette's book on PowerShell.

“The Monad, of which we shall here speak, is nothing but a simple substance, which enters into compounds. By 'simple' is meant 'without parts.'”
From THE MONADOLOGY by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (translated by Robert Latta)

In the Monadology, Leibniz described a world of irreducible components from which all things could be composed. This excellently captures the spirit of the project – to create a toolkit of simple pieces that you compose to create complex solutions.

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