PowerShell is object based – its the one fact that is mentioned in very introduction to PowerShell – and its the use of objects that gives PowerShell its reach and power.
The use of objects has one tiny drawback. When you want the actual value of a property you have to do slightly more work.
This is representative of a typical PowerShell expression
£> Get-Process powershell | select Path
Now if you want the value of path itself to use elsewhere you have to do one of three things:
£> $proc = Get-Process powershell
£> $path = Get-Process powershell | select -ExpandProperty Path
£> $proc = (Get-Process powershell | select Path).path
The first one gives you an object to work with. If you want other properties you can access them later.
The other two options give you a variable containing just the information you need – the value of the Path property.
Which one works best – depends on what you are doing. I use all three techniques on a regular basis though tend to prefer using option 2 to option 3 – mainly because I find it easier to read when I come back to the script weeks, months or even years later.