March 25, 2004 .net

I’ve Seen Monad and I Am Pleased

The most concise description of what I love most about Monad, the next-gen Windows command line, comes from Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft Architect, in a Peter Coffee article:

We keep the idea of A pipe to B pipe to C,’ but we pass .NET objects instead of structured text. We can pass ADO, other kinds of objects, and we can create reflection-based utilities.”

Just the idea of not having to deal with ambiguous from standard input or reparse the data at every stage of the shell pipeline makes me giddy with anticipation.