Scott Hanselman is an ASP.NET MVP who does a weekly 30 minute podcast on various technologies. Not too long ago Scott posted a blog entry on dealing with XML easily in C#. I commented on this blog article about how you could use MSH to do this even more easily. Anyway that got Scott interested in looking at PowerShell (formerly MSH) again and it didn’t take him long to decide that he needed to do a show on this new shell. Anyway, have a listen to the podcast.
If you decide to give Monad a try, then like Scott mentions, be sure to give it some time. It takes a while to wrap your mind around it and truly grok it. But once you do, you will have a very powerful new tool in your toolbox. For me it was a bit like learning how to use a RPN (post-fix) calculator. It took a bit because I grew up on TI and Casio (in-fix) calculators but once it clicked I was hooked. Almost 24 years later (yikes!), the HP 41CX is still my favorite calculator.