Developing with Visual Studio

The following approach works well enough. However I have not been able to use any kind of conditional breakpoint.

  • Check you have PowerShell 3.0 or 4.0 installed
  • Install VisualStudio 2013 Community Edition
  • Install PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio 2013 extension
  • Update "PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio" via Tools -> Extensions and Updates...
  • Set the PowerShell Execution Policy in PowerShell with the following command: Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Scope CurrentUser
  • Create a new PowerShell project and away you go!

Alternatively you might be working with Visual Studio Code aka VSCode. In which case you will need the following:

  • Install Visual Studio Code
  • Install PowerShell Core or PowerShell Windows
  • Load VS Code and locate the PowerShell extension from Microsoft
However make sure you read PowerShell editing with Visual Studio Code which has some excellent help and advice and some good links.