R – .NET class documentation from within PowerShell


Is there a convenient method to access .NET class documentation (i.e. the MSDN documentation) from within PowerShel similar to "man 3" in UNIX shells?

Best Solution

In the Powershell Community Extensions 2.0 (still only available via daily builds), we extend Get-Help to add a -object parameter that, in conjunction with -online, will bring up MSDN documentation e.g.:

Get-Help -object (get-date) -online

Until we release a 2.0 beta (in a few weeks), grab the module file from here. Note that it requires features in PowerShell 2.0. Import this module like so:

Import-Module .\Pscx.GetHelp.psm1

Note that you can't use this on a namespace like System.Net but pick a type like System.Net.WebClient e.g.:

Get-Help -obj [System.Net.WebClient] -online

BTW, gives props to x0n (Oisin) for implementing this for PSCX.