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.

Also see: Automation, Command language, Macro, Programming terms, Scriptz, Shell script