Python is the best and most popular general purpose scripting language; the universal scripting language
Mike at DeleteThis.Geary.com
Sun Apr 11 09:43:08 CEST 2004
John Roth wrote:
> The distinction isn't "scripting" versus "programming"
> language, it's "scripting" versus something that doesn't
> really have a name. Scripts are executed from the top
> down once. In other languages (such as Java and C++)
> there's a designated starting point (main()) that the
> compiler locates.
> Python is a scripting language because each module
> is executed from the top down as its loaded.
By that definition, these would be scripting languages:
Intel 8086 assembly in a "com" format executable
I may have one or two of those wrong, but you get the idea... ;-)
Wikipedia has a pretty good article on scripting languages:
Even as informative as the article is, in the end it nearly gives up on the
idea of distinguishing between scripting and other languages: "However, the
boundary between scripting languages and regular programming languages tends
to be vague, and is blurring ever more with the emergence of new languages
and integrations in this fast-changing area."
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