Is “Dollar-sign” optional in powershell “$()”?

Tags: powershell

I've seen an example for setting the timestamps (creationtime, lastaccesstime, lastwritetime) of a file with powershell:

PS>$(get-item test.txt).lastwritetime=$(get-date "01/01/2020")

which seems to work.

This page: about powershell operators says that "$( )" is a "SubExpression operator".

But it also seems to work without the "$" like:

PS>(get-item test.txt).lastwritetime=(get-date "01/01/2020")

and most powershell examples I've seen omit the "$" when using parenthesis.

So, is the "Dollar-sign" optional in powershell "$()" ? Or is there some difference with/without the "$" that I'm just not seeing.

Is "$()" and "()" actually 2 different operators that just happen to both be valid uses in the examples I have shown?


The first time I need of $() was inside a string :

$a = Get-Process "explorer"
Write-host "$a.Name" -
By : JPBlanc

You need the $ sign to denote a sub expression if you use multiple statements or the statement is embedded in a string. Parenthesis without the $ is just a grouping operator.

$($x = 1; $y =2; $x   $y).tostring() //3

($x = 1; $y =2; $x   $y).tostring() // invalid syntax

($x = 1   2).tostring() //3

"$(1  2)"  //3
By : Francois

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By: admin