Program, Application, and Software

Josef Frank josef.frank at
Fri Nov 19 16:29:12 CET 2010

Am 19.11.2010 15:22, schrieb Martin Gregorie:
> On Fri, 19 Nov 2010 01:43:28 +0100, Alexander Kapps wrote:
>> What difference does it make? Is 'print "Hello"' a program or a script?
>> Are you saying, that it depends on whether you have to manually call
>> some compiler?
> Thats the way the term 'script' is usually used in the UNIX/Linux world.
> In that environment you'd call awk and Perl scripting languages but C and
> Java are known as compiled languages. The size of the source isn't
> relevant: if you can mark a source file as executable and simply run it
> its a 'script' while if it needs a separate preparatory step to generate
> a separate executable its just a source file for a compiled language.
> The distinction doesn't seem to be used in a Windows environment. Indeed,
> it doesn't make sense there since executables are limited to .BAR or .CMD
> files, which are directly interpreted by the command processor, and .EXE
> or .COM files, which must be compiled before they can be run. AFAIK
> there's no way you can mark anything else, such as an awk, Perl or Python
> source file, as executable since there is no 'executable' attribute in
> any Windows filing system.

Not in the file system,
but in the environment it is definitely possible.
One might try
or just have a look at
(the respective filetype has to be associated with
it's interpreter however for this method to work.)


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