Updated Monad (Microsoft SHell) released to BetaPlace!

I used to have download links here, but they were for an older version of Monad.┬áBut I’m still getting plenty of hits per day for it, and needlessly sending people on a wild goose chase.┬áSince Thomas has been doing a great job of keeping his Reskit.net up to date with the latest Monad Download information, I’ll point you to him for the best Monad Download information. [Edit 01/25/06: Removed Beta download links, and instead point to Thomas' continually updated download links.

A Web-enabled, Monad front end: Monad hosting.

Preston wrote a piece, pointing to an interesting Web application called “WebCmd”. WebCmd makes your browser act like a console window. You type in commands, it executes them on a remote server, and returns the results. Currently, a-i-studio accomplishes the web-based interactivity via Javascript, with the heavy lifting performed by a server-side Perl script that executes commands. It’s a neat idea, and leads to even better ones (as Preston pointed out.

Customizing your environment -- Aliases, and Dot-Sourcing

Since it takes a little while to get approved by BetaPlace, I’m going to hold of on the answer to prompt customization until next time. However, we do have some more cool things that will help you customize your environment. The MSH shell is designed to be both verbose, and pithy. (Jeffrey’s Channel9 interview quote springs to mind.) We enable this through the use of aliases, like many other shells.

Getting started - customize your prompt

Ok, so I’ve talked about how great the Monad language, and command-line interface is. I’ve also said that it changes the way you think about the command line. How so? Well, let’s play with the shell for a bit. If you haven’t already downloaded it, you can get it from BetaPlace: Go to http://beta.microsoft.com Log in using the guest ID, mshPDC Follow the download directions Launch the shell, and you’re greeted with the friendly prompt:

Welcome, and the project code-named Monad

Welcome, all. First off, let me introduce myself. I work for Microsoft as a software design engineer. I’ve been at Microsoft for three years now – first working in MSN at Encarta. I recently joined a team that hosts my hobby-turned-full-time-job: Microsoft’s new command-line shell, code named Monad. It’s fascinating technology, so I’ve been planning to set up a blog on the topic. A firestorm of internet activity today prodded me to get this blog up sooner rather than later.

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