What Is a Script?

A script is a list of commands a program or scripting language executes.

It can automate processes on a local computer or generate web pages online.

Scripting Languages

A script is essentially a program or sequence of instructions that another program interprets and carries out instead of the computer processor itself.

Some languages are designed explicitly as script languages.

The most popular script languages include JavaScript, Perl, and REXX.

Script languages are generally more accessible and faster to code than structured and compiled ones like C and C++.

However, scripts take longer to run because each instruction is handled by another program first, requiring additional instructions.

A Multifaceted Approach

Sometimes, a script refers to a list of operating system commands stored within a file and executed sequentially by the operating system’s command interpreter when the list name is entered as a command.

A script can also be a sequence of instructions used to indicate how a sequence of files will be presented.

Numerous script languages are available as open-source, allowing users to view and edit them as needed. Scripts do not require compilation but can be compiled if necessary.

Scripts are easy to learn and write and can be easily ported between different operating systems.

Moreover, scripts are faster to develop than actual programs.

Some individuals and companies use scripts as prototypes for developing full-fledged programs.