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The term "scripting language" is used to describe a high-level programming language with relatively transparent syntax i.e. human readable. Most computer users view programming as something which is difficult. For this reason languages such as PERL, PHP and VBScript (ASP) are referred to and marketed as scripting languages to avoid the dreaded "p" word. 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). In general, script languages are easier and faster to code in than the more structured and compiled languages such as C and C++. However, a script takes longer to run than a compiled program since each instruction is being handled by another program first (requiring additional instructions) rather than directly by the basic instruction processor.

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