A useful little Windows tool for Unix people

by Paul Browne

Related link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/diruse-o.asp



Too often we Java people don't give Microsoft credit for the small but useful things that they do.

If you are Unix head trapped in a Microsoft body (e.g. you must use Windows at work), then you probably miss tools like du (find out disk usage for folders).

While Cygwin gives you the power of the Unix command line (and more) within Windows, what happens if this is restricted as well?

One tool that you may find useful is DirUse from Microsoft.


Paul's other (non technical) blog

What other Windows tools do you find useful as a Java Developer? (please don't flame me with 'should be using Linux' :-)


7 Comments

super_J_dynamite
2006-01-25 17:21:56
Not Linux
I'm not going to say that you should be using Linux, but I think we're way overdue for a command shell that doesn't stink out loud.
paulbrowne
2006-01-26 02:00:46
Not Linux
I agree. Any time I need to do any 'heavy duty' scripting on windows , I've always need to install 3rd party extensions (such as Cygwin/PHP/Perl or even Java) , which negates the advantages of using scripts!!
kbrown@versatilesolutions.com
2006-01-26 06:18:08
Not Linux
Funny I've never found anything I can't do with either cmd/bat files and wsh scripting. Perhaps you just need to learn the tools that are available.
Using PHP or Java for command line scripting shows that you have not learned to master the tools available which just makes you a novice user.
Reedo
2006-01-26 09:35:54
hear of monad?
There was an article on Ars a while back about a new Microsoft shell in beta, Monad, that is based on .Net and most emphatically does not stink:


http://arstechnica.com/guides/other/msh.ars

paulbrowne
2006-01-26 09:42:55
Not Linux
Thank you, I'll take the 'Novice User' tag as a complement as I wrote my first Batch file in 1986.
paulbrowne
2006-01-26 09:47:55
hear of monad?
Thanks - I hadn't heard of Monad, so thanks for the link.



I did a bit more digging (as it looks interesting)



Monad Beta Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9FE1977D-3DE2-47C2-B0BA-62339BCD505A&displaylang=en



Monad Documentation Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6387c46b-4753-4eaf-8d8b-368074f39ccc&displaylang=en



Monad Scripting Centre:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx
cchittle
2006-01-31 22:00:09
UnxUtils
I use and strongly recommend "UnxUtils", a.k.a. as "GNU utilities for Win32". See http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/.