Before Windows, and other operating systems got equipped with all these intuitive visual elements, it all started with raw code writing, and the Command Prompt, which is still heavily used, lives as proof. What’s more, you can enhance the way it works with applications like Visual Command Line.
OS support, and syntax highlighter
The application gets installed in no time at all, but before you can enjoy all it has to offer, it’s best to make sure that .NET Framework is also part of your system. At launch, or creating a new document brings up a prompt to select the operating system for which to create the new batch file. This is not enough, because the OS version also needs to be selected.
You get to work in a text environment, designed much like a development platform, having nothing to do with the Command Prompt, at least when it comes to visuals. The text pad counts lines, but the most advantage can be pulled from the syntax highlighter, which makes all commands easy to identify, and there’s even a description tooltip when writing one.
File support, and command toolbox
Existing projects can be continued here, given they’re found under the TXT, or BAT file formats. These are also the only formats you’re able to export to. Before doing so, the entire code can be put to the test through the Run function, which brings up an instance of Command Prompt processing all your commands, and requests.
What makes it be an improvement over the Command Prompt, apart from the syntax highlighter is the toolbox. It holds all supported commands, each fitted with descriptions, while some with usage instructions. The toolbox can also be used to quickly insert function, skipping you the effort of writing them down.
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In conclusion, Visual Command Line manages to live up to expectations, making the Command Prompt a tool which can be used for its commands a lot easier. Syntax highlighting, as well as the toolbox help work with the variety of commands, and easily identify possible errors. Files can be created for different types of operating system, making the overall experience definitely worth a shot.