by Wojciech Sura

Powershell philosophy

One way to think about Powershell is that it is a shell version of IEnumerable Linq extensions.

For instance, let’s imagine, that we want to know the size of the biggest .wav file in the folder. If we was in C#, the code would probably look like the following:

[csharp]int size = Files.Where(f => f.Name.Contains(".wav")).OrderBy(file => file.Size).Last().Select(f => f.Size);[/csharp]

PowerShell version differs only by the syntax, philosophy is the same:

[shell]PS D:\Temporary> Get-ChildItem | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "*.wav"} | Sort-Object -Property Length | Select-Object -last 1 | Select-Object Length[/shell]

They’re very similar, aren’t they?

by Njål

C#: Removing duplicate entries using LINQ

Here’s a pretty neat line of code that removes duplicate entries (ID is specified by you) from a IEnumerable:

class MyTestObject{
    public string MyKey;
    public int SomeValue;

//myList contains MyTestObjects - some of these objects
//have the same MyKey value, and I only want objects with unique MyKey values

var uniqueCollection = myList.GroupBy(x => x.MyKey).Select(y => y.First());