Linked by Ritesh Kumar on Thu 13th May 2004 19:31 UTC
General Development In recent years "scripting languages" are becoming a path which is a must go for rapid application development. The open source community has seen many scripting language implementations. Some really popular and good ones available are perl and python.
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why the destinction?
by anon on Fri 14th May 2004 09:56 UTC

I've always felt that the defference between scripting and programming languages is no longer particually important. Both are means of telling the hardware what you want it to do, both require writing syntax with cirtain gramatical rules and the differences between them have become so blurred as to have no real importance, at least amoungst the new sets of both.

Programming languages that target bytecode and virtual machines (Pascal IIRC could, Java and .NET languages do by default), rather than machine code, as do most scripting languages (Python, Perl, Ruby) rather than being interpreted.

Some programming languages can run as interactively (Smalltalk) and I'm sure that you must be able to precompile some scripting languages to machine code.

Some programming languages are weakly typed (Lisp), and you can get strongly typed scripting languages (Perl, with the correct pragma).

Is it really useful to make a distiction which inevitably makes some languages (e.g. C, C++) seem like they are more "worthy" to write in rather than picking the one that has the feature set that will make the task at hand easiest.