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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Is there any Windows installer maker with decent scripting capabilities? [closed]

I need to do complex dependency processing during the installation of our solution, install a few related programs from their own installers and also probably run a few simple tests to determine ...
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What is a good script language for writing server administration tasks? [closed]

I am administering hundreds of RHEL servers. There are many daily tasks to perform. Right now I am working with bash scripting and python. I was wondering if other languages such as Erlang, Lua, Ruby, ...
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How did Python become popular as a scripting language? [closed]

I looked at it in my field of work, which is film and pretty much every software we use comes with python as a scripting language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Python_software That made me ...
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REST efficiency on count and sum methods

For example, if I have a Customer Transactions Table and I create a REST for it. The fields are: date, description, and total_amount. I am trying to figure out which one is much more efficient when ...
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What is the standard term for my role?

I'm doing work that involves writing code and managing developers in a "special projects" division of a large company. I'd like to define my role better and figure out if there's an industry standard ...
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Requiring multithreading/concurrency for implementation of scripting language

Here's the deal: I'm looking at designing my own scripting/interpreted language for fun. I'm only in the planning stages right now; I want to make sure I have a very strong hold on exactly how I will ...
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Should extension scripts be run in a sandbox?

In particular, this is about game extensions written in lua (luajit-2.0). I was contemplating whether I should restrict what these scripts can do, and arrived at the conclusion that I probably ...
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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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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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Heredoc or an external template file in my bash script - how it affects readibility/maintanance?

I realise that this question may be down to personal preference but I'm pretty new to Bash / shell scripting so thought it'd be worth some research to see if there's some sort of standard/best ...
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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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Scripting language for filling out web form

I have a job as an intern at a technology company, I was given the unfortunate job of performing some data entry into our web management system. The information entered into the web form is stored in ...
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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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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 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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Help understanding server-side scripting

As far as I understand, there are basically 3 options for doing server-side scripting these days: Using scripting languages that can be directly interpreted/executed by the web server (e.g., PHP and ...
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Can JavaScript be used as a general scripting language?

I've used JavaScript and some frameworks (jQuery, Prototype, some node.js) for client-side web programming, but never on the desktop, where I do most of my scripting work in either Python or Bash. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In a 4 hour Powershell 101 class should I skip for/while/do and just teach ForEach-Object [closed]

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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PHP as a scripting language [closed]

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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Which language and GUI toolkit would you use for a prototype program? [closed]

Suppose, I have an idea and I have to put it into code quickly. And then I am presenting it to someone who is not so computer savvy. Which language should I use for quick and dirty coding? And which ...
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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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I need to know the reasons why learning Linux Shell Scripting (BASH) benefits me as a PHP developer [closed]

I have been developing web sites/applications using the LAMP stack for almost 5 years. Currently I am interested to dig more into Linux OS, specifically BASH but from a web developer perspective, not ...
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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? [closed]

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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Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java?

There's a widespread belief among programmers that the more dynamic and loosely typed the language, the more productive the programmer will be in it. Guido van Rossum wrote about programming ...
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Why Python and not Lua? [closed]

Why has Python been backed by google and become so rapidly popular and Lua has not? Do you know why Lua has stayed in background?
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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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Scriptable user-interfaces/frameworks for automated UI testing

I'm planning on using scripting for automated UI testing. Main application is written in c#, and I want it to be scriptable, so I can do everything end-user can do, but programmatically. I'll avoid ...
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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 ...