In computer programming, a script is a program or sequence of instructions that is interpreted or carried out by another program rather than by the computer processor (like a compiled program is).

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Scripting custom drawing in Delphi application with IF/THEN/ELSE statements?

I'm building a Delphi application which displays a blueprint of a building, including doors, windows, wiring, lighting, outlets, switches, etc. I have implemented a very lightweight script of my own ...
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Where should I define constants in scripts?

When writing scripts using a modern scripting language, e.g. Powershell or JavaScript, where should I define constants? Should I make all constants global for readability and ease of use, or does it ...
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Automated deployment/installation of development tools [closed]

My team is looking to automate installation/deployment of all of our development tools. The main driver for this is to ensure that everyone in the team has a consistent development environment setup ...
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What does (Lua) game scripting mean?

I've read that Lua is often used for embedded scripting and in particular game for scripting. I find it hard to picture how it is used exactly. Can you describe why and for which features and for ...
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What scripting languages can be embedded within HTML?

Most of scripting languages (like Pythong, Perl, etc) generates the whole HTMLfile. However, PHP code can be embedded within html codes. PHP will process only code between <?php ?> tags and ...
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What software models are appropriate for daily builds and continuous integration?

On reading the joel test and about daily builds, a discussion with a few tech-lead friends of mine in various companies revealed that they never did daily builds or continuous integration because ...
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In a 4 hour Powershell 101 class should I skip for/while/do and just teach ForEach-Object

I'm making a syllabus to teach non-programmer co-workers PowerShell. The first non-pilot group I will run the course with will be a team that deploys and configures one of our software products. They ...
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Would a statically typed alternative to JavaScript on webpages be practical?

Preference for dynamic and static typing is largely a matter of taste, and different people find them more or less suitable in different situations. My question is, would it be technically possible ...
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Good game that has scripting support [closed]

I've volunteered to lead a programming club at my son's middle-school. We've covered a lot of fun topics, including showing them how to use a game engine to build 3D interactive environments. One ...
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Is it a good idea to write an OS in a scripting language? [closed]

Is it a good idea to create an OS that's written in a scripting language? For example, how about creating an OS using Python?
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Differentiating between user script input formats

I have a .NET project at work that provides a couple of (Iron)Python scripts to the customers, to allow them to customize the output of the program. The application generates code for certain ...
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What are my choices for server side sandboxed scripting?

I'm building a public website where users share data and scripts to run over some data. The scripts are run serverside in some sort of sandbox without other interaction this cycle: my Perl program ...
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Learning a scripting language [closed]

I believe every programmer must learn about a core programming language and a scripting language. Seriously I've no hand in any languages like Python, JavaScript, JScript, CScript etc. I'm native ...
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Adding scripting capability to a .NET application

I already have a working implementation that adds scripting to an application. The application currently generates and compiles scripts from C# snippets (taken from different user provides ...
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When does a “scripter” become a “programmer”?

Is there a difference between 'scripters' and 'programmers'? What is the dividing line between scripters and programmers? Perhaps all scripters be considered to be a programmer. If not all ...
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A good tool for browser automation/client-side Web scripting [closed]

I'm interested in adopting a tool/scripting language to automate some daily tasks connected with fighting forum spammers. A brief overview of these tasks: analyze new registrations and posts on a ...
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Should a .NET, JavaScript and SQL Web App developer learn Perl?

I'm a front and backend .NET web developer (most solutions use MS SQL Server) and I won't be using any non-MS solutions for a while. Will Perl be useful for situations that require scripting in an MS ...
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When are scripts inside HTML not considered a bad practice?

I am new to web development. While studying the Play framework and JSP, I noticed that they both give an option to place script (in jsp scriptlet) inside HTML, but in both books I am reading they both ...
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Lua-type Java integration with C++

So I'm curious: I've implemented Lua within C++ a few times before, and while it was relatively simple, it still didn't harness the power that I would have liked. I love how eclipse works, ...
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Can I use Ruby to automate everything?

I face various types of applications (web-based, GUI-based, command-line, etc.) on various platforms (Windows, Linux, etc.) to operate everyday. There is a great opportunity for me to automate tasks ...
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Question about Creating a Scripting Language

Say, for example, I wanted to pay somebody to create a programming language or scripting language for me. What type of document would they need, in order to fully understand what it is exactly that I ...
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What is a good way to familiarize myself with PHP, coming from an ASP.NET background?

Currently, I'm very comfortable with building tools/web apps in an ASP.NET environment. I'm not really looking to leave tbh, as I really like C#, ASP.NET, MVC 3, Visual Studio, etc. However, right ...
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LUA vs Shell scripting vs C for cgi-scripting on embedded devices

I am going to try CGI scripting for implementing a web based Graphical User Interface on an embedded device. What advantages does LUA scripting have over shell scripting or C for implementing dynamic ...
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How do I add another script engine to web browsers under Linux / Windows / Mac?

In my ample (NOT!) spare time, I'm fiddling with Lhogho and wondering how to go about morphing it into a script engine for web browsers, viz <h1>My First Web Page</h1> ...
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Migration strategies for deprecating in-house scripting language

We have a scripting language that we use internally for many things. It began as a simple evaluation statements for dynamic labels to become a Turing complete language used pervasively throughout our ...
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Why is $ in identifier names for so many languages?

A lot of scripting languages like Perl, Awk, Bash, PHP, etc. use a $ sign before identifier names. I've tried to look up why but never had a satisfactory answer.
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PowerShell guide or reference for .Net Framework?

I'm a java dev that is new to powershell. I know that it's built on the .Net Framework, but I don't have much knowledge with that framework. Is there a reference guide of some sort that shows what ...
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What scripting language to use for large file transfers on windows xp client machines

I'm a java developer that is tasked with creating some scripts that will handle large xml document file transfers by hitting some web service api's from windows xp client machines. There may be other ...
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Should we embed virtual machines rather than languages

Ok, so I am trying to learn front-end programming. Trying to figure out how javascript is a pain, and various projects (GWT, Coffeescript, Capuccino's objective/j...) are trying to fix this with ...
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PHP as a scripting language

I have reasonable knowledge of PHP, Perl, and Bash. I use Perl for most text processing on my system (find, replace, filter output, etc). I use PHP for web development, allowing a user to view and ...
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Is a partially familiar scripting language desirable?

Given that a program (under development) needs a scripting language, and that for various reasons it's not possible to use an off-the-shelf one as is, I'm considering basing it on the syntax and some ...
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What's better right now: IronRuby or IronPython? [closed]

I have plenty of experience with both Ruby and Python, and I'm looking to embed either one of these on a C# application I'm developing. I don't really care which, but I'd like to know which one ...
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Should I implement functionality for an xml file+schema?

I am working on a script to get data from excel spreadsheets to a database. The data is from surveys conducted by our office where the data comes in with very little formatting. At the moment, the ...
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Understand scripting language

Quoted from Wikipedia: A scripting language, script language or extension language is a programming language that allows control of one or more applications and makes the compiler of the ...
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Can Powershell do anything that Iron Ruby can't?

I am torn between learning myself some Powershell or just leveraging my existing Ruby knowledge for the various Windows scripting things that I do from time to time. Powershell does look incredibly ...
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Do some interpreted languages only load the scripts once?

The benefit of a compiled application was that all the libraries and classes are loaded one time and sit waiting for input right? I come from a background working with PHP and the resources/classes ...
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How to comfortably monitor 5 daemons while developing them?

This is the scenario: I'm on this project for which I wrote 4 Node.js scripts that act as "servers" for some service (they have to be separated). I also use Redis, that is another service to keep an ...
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What Impact Do Scripting Languages Have on Junior Programmers?

I had a discussion with one of my teachers the other day. We debated the impact that simpler scripting languages (like Python or Ruby) have on junior programmers. He argued that scripting ...
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Building a DSL: Scripted atop a general-purpose language or stand-alone?

I'm debating designing a domain specific language to simplify a given, obscure programming model. Part of the debate is whether to build it (as a script) atop an existing language/runtime (e.g. Java) ...
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Catching typos or other errors in web-based scripting languages

My background is mainly strongly typed languages (java, c++, c#). Having recently gotten back to a bit of javascript, I found it a bit annoying that if I misspell something by accident (for example ...
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C library build system dependencies

This debate has cropped up on a mailing list for a project I'm involved in. Unfortunately we're quite a small bunch at the moment, so I want to ask a wider audience. We're writing a C library (for ...
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What makes Python more used as an implementation language than the others?

Perl and Python are often compared to each other (let's not forget Ruby), and almost always those discussions will come to the conclusion pretty much anything you can do in one or the other. Without ...
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Useful Scripts for CM?

I'll be forming a remote team, and I want to be able to use scripts (or something) to make sure that people's code is checked in every night. I currently use some BASH scripts that are kindof wonky ...