PowerShell Basic

PowerShell scripting variables

In PowerShell scripting, variables are used to store and manipulate data. Here’s a basic overview of how to work with variables in PowerShell:

Variable Naming Rules:

  • Variable names start with a dollar sign $.
  • They are case-insensitive.
  • Variable names can include letters, numbers, and underscores.
  • Variable names should not contain spaces or special characters except for underscores.

Variable Assignment:
To assign a value to a variable, use the assignment operator =.

 $variableName = "Hello, World!"

Variable Types:
PowerShell is a dynamically typed language, meaning you don’t need to declare the data type of a variable explicitly. It infers the data type from the assigned value. Common data types include strings, integers, and arrays.

   $stringVariable = "This is a string."
   $intVariable = 42
   $arrayVariable = @(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Variable Output:
You can display the value of a variable using Write-Host or simply by typing the variable name.

   Write-Host $variableName

Variable Scope:
PowerShell has different variable scopes:

  • Local Scope: Variables defined within a script or function are local to that script or function.
  • Script Scope: Variables defined in the script (outside of functions) are accessible throughout the script.
  • Global Scope: Variables defined at the global level are accessible everywhere in the current session.
  • Automatic Variables: These are predefined variables in PowerShell. They have specific meanings and usages.

Using Variables in Strings:
You can embed variables within double-quoted strings using the $variableName syntax. PowerShell will replace the variable with its value.

   $name = "John"
   Write-Host "Hello, $name!"

Variable Modification:
You can modify the value of a variable by reassigning it.

   $count = 10
   $count = $count + 1

Variable Exploration:
You can check the data type of a variable using the GetType() method:


You can also get more information about a variable using the Get-Member cmdlet:

   $var | Get-Member

These are the basics of working with variables in PowerShell. Variables are fundamental to any scripting or programming language, and mastering them will help you manipulate data effectively in your scripts.

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