What is script?

  • A script or scripting language is a computer language with a series of commands within a file that is capable of being executed without user interaction and without being compiled.
  • Advantages of scripts
    • Open source, allowing users to view and edit the script if needed.
    • Does not require the file to be compiled, but may be when necessary.
    • Easy to learn and write.
    • Easy to port between different operating systems.
    • Much faster to develop than an actual program - some individuals and companies write scripts as a prototype for actual programs.
  • Disadvantages of scripts
    • Open source, allows others to view source code, which may be prohibited by some companies.
    • In some situations, they may be slower than a compiled program.
    • Requires the user to install an interpreter or separate program before the script can be run.

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