Every now and then I have to get wiggy with the command-line.
Its actually kinda fun now with the highly-modifiable, tab supported Console (freeware) utility.
I remember pouring over an old DOS 6.22 booklet that came packaged with one of our agency's x486 systems many, many years ago to prep for an IT technician's job. I didn't get the job then but it ended up coming in handy down the road.
While I wouldn't consider myself an expert-level command-line guy, I've got the handful or two most used command-line commands down pretty well.
Being proficient in command-line environment is a real plus. Yes, most everything you need to do can be done with a GUI-based application or utility. But sometimes you can be even more efficient by using the son-of-DOS.
Here are some more useful command-line resources, for the curious to the masters.
XP/2000 Command Line Tip List
- 14 Windows Command Line Tricks - well documented list of some not-so familiar commands that can be quite useful in a pinch. -via Daily Cup of Tech
- Windows XP Commands - nice, plain and A-Z formatted list of commands. Good when you know what you want to do, but can't remember the exact command name.
- Windows XP/2000 Commands and Tools - a number of commands particularly focused on network administration tasks. -via NetworkClue.com
- The Windows XP Command Line, Batch Files, and Scripting- Using the Command Shell - good primer material on command-line issues, topics and techniques.
- Microsoft Windows XP - Command-line reference A-Z - Where better to get the details on all these commands, the command syntaxes, and the power of their switch parameters than from Microsoft itself?
- Windows 2000/XP Command Prompt - Cheat Sheet [[PRINTABLE]] - print it out and keep a copy in your bag.
- Beginners Guides: WindowsXP Command Prompt - PCSTATS.com - user-friendly intro into understanding what the command-line is and some basic commands to become familiar with.
- Learning DOS - Really, really basic commands. For those who want to stay in the kiddie pool. -via NetworkClue.com
Making Batch Files
Once you have progressed into feeling comfortable with the power of the command-line, you can leverage that power by creating batch-files. These files are constructed of a series of logical steps, loops and commands. I use a simple batch-file I wrote in Lavie's XP laptop's startup folder to release and renew her IP address to make sure she gets a good IP connection.
- Batch File Help - Quite possibly my favorite guide for making batch files.
- Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files - PCSTATS.com - A well written multi-page introduction to batch-file concepts.
- Creating DOS Batch Files - Fast text page with highlights to illustrate the structure and methods that batch files work under.
- DOS Batch Programming - Eric Phelps provides some good tips and techniques on batch file writing.
- Microsoft Windows XP - Batch files - Again, nice detailed information about batch file operations and structure.
Windows PowerShell - The Next Generation
I'd love to have the time to learn how to really use the power of the new Windows PowerShell.
It's like the command-prompt on steroids.
- Windows PowerShell - Microsoft
- An Introduction to Windows Power Shell (Monad) - The Code Project ... nice, approachable introduction into PowerShell fundamentals.
- Windows PowerShell Team Blog - Get the latest news from the team that created it!
- Scripting with Windows PowerShell - Scripts, tips, virtual labs, books, and articles. Wow!
- Windows PowerShell Getting Started Guide - MSDN Library resource.
- PowerShell Managed Reference - MSDN Library resource.
Bonus Prize - FrontMotion Login
Not command-line related--and very cool!