R – Using PowerShell with .NET 3.5 runtime/libraries


Is it possible to run PowerShell 1.0 (or 2.0 CTP) backed by the 3.5 runtime instead of 2.0?

We're building a .NET 3.5 solution, and I'd still like to use PowerShell as our scripting engine for scheduled tasks, etc.

I don't need LINQ syntax or anything, just the 3.5 libraries and runtime.

FOLLOWUP: thank you for the reply about dynamically loading assemblies. But let me clarify my question: is there any way to run PowerShell so that the 3.5 libraries run by default? So that if I enter New-Object System.Xml.XmlDocument, for example, I'm actually getting the 3.5 version by default?

Semi-related question: if I do have to dynamically load, say, the System.Xml library from 3.5, will it overlay the existing symbol definitions such that the next time I type New-Object System.Xml.XmlDocument, it will load the 3.5 version?

Best Solution

If you have 3.5 installed on your system, that is what you'll get when you run PowerShell.

PowerShell is only "requires" 2.0 but 3.0 and 3.5 are compatible and autoforward when installed. In PowerShell V2, we actually look to see what version you have and "light up" certain features (e.g. PowerShell_ISE and Out-GridView are available when you have 3.51).

Experiment! Enjoy! Engage!

Jeffrey Snover [MSFT] Windows Management Partner Architect