1. Computer language that is often a series of commands within a file capable of being executed.
Advantages of a scripts:
- Open source, allowing users to view and edit the script if needed.
- Does not require the file to be compiled, but commonly can be if needed.
- Commonly very easy to learn and write. Of course, this all depends upon the user's perspective and the actual language.
- Usually easy to port between different operating systems.
- Much faster to develop than an actual program. Some individuals and companies often write scripts as a prototype for their programs.
Disadvantages of scripts:
- Open source, allows others to view source code, which may be prohibited by some companies.
- In some situations, may be slower than a compiled program.
- May require the user to install an interpreter or separate program before the script can be run.
A listing of scripting languages and programming languages can be found through our programming language definition.
2. Linux command, see the script command page for further information about this command.