Windows Utility scriptsI spend most of my time developing on Ubuntu, a Unix-based operating system.
one of my biggest frustrations is when I move to a Windows system, and I need the command-line utilities I've become accustomed to. In particular, listing the files in a directory, and viewing a file, as these have different command names in Windows.
Having got fed up with typing ls when I meant dir, I wrote a set of aliases, so I won't need to get bothered about getting them wrong again:
Here's ls.bat. on the command prompt, type edit ls.bat, which will put you in a simple text editor (with menus at the top)
@dirAnd to go with it, cat.bat, which lists the contents of a file
@type %1These batch scripts can be placed in C:\Windows\System32\, so they will be in your path.
I'm also a big fan of diff and grep, both of which are available for windows from the GNU for windows project. (Warning: GnuWin32 itself contains a very large number of packages). You can get hold of these two using the links below: