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What is Scripting language in layman terms?

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What is Scripting language in layman terms?
posted Feb 3, 2015 by Gnanendra Reddy

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All scripting languages are interpreted language which means one task is executed at one time. All scripting languages supports scripts, programs written for a special run-time environment that can interpret (rather than compile) and automate the execution of tasks that could alternatively be executed one-by-one by a human operator.

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Python, PHP, Perl, Shell Scripting etc

answer Feb 4, 2015 by Salil Agrawal
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We develop embedded software for 32-bit micros using Windows as the development platform.

We are seeking a general purpose scripting language to automate certain tasks, like cleaning out certain directories of certain types of files in preparation for ZIP'ing, generating certain source files automatically, etc.

Selection criteria:

a)Should be able to compile the script interpreter as a monolithic executable (no .DLL dependencies, etc.) for easy versioning and distribution of the script interpreter. (Note that I'm not asking that the script be a single executable, just the interpreter. To run a script you'd need both the script and the interpreter. The script would be a text file, and the interpreter would be a single .EXE.)

b)Should be extensible, in that one could add commands or library functions to the script interpreter in C (for efficiency), and the whole script interpreter could again consist of a single executable with no other dependencies. (Note that I'm not asking that the script be a single executable, just the interpreter. To run a script you'd need both the script and the interpreter. The script would be a text file, and the interpreter would be a single .EXE.)

c)Should be able to spawn compilers and capture the output, do file I/O, and all the other minor expected stuff.

d)Graphical capability would be nice.

I know that Tcl/Tk would do all of the above, but what about Python or any other alternatives?

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As per my understanding of interpreted language is scripting(interpreted) language is the language which can executed by CPU straight away without any need of compilation are classified as scripting language

Now if i take example of JavaScript , it does not requires explicit compilation from developer. But browser which interprets actually converts it in to machine instruction which CPU can execute.

So in a way it is also a compiled language though compilation is not required by developer explicitly but browser does it internally. Is n't it ?

Same is the case with PHP.

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