Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

A script may refer to any of the following:

1. A script or scripting language is a computer language with several commands within a file capable of being executed without being compiled. Examples of server-side scripting languages include Perl, PHP, and Python. The best example of a client side scripting language is JavaScript. A full list of scripting languages and other programming languages are found in our programming language definition.

Advantages of scripts

  • Open source, allowing users to view and edit the script if needed.
  • Does not require the file to be compiled, but may be when necessary.
  • Easy to learn and write.
  • Easy to port between different operating systems.
  • Much faster to develop than an actual program - some individuals and companies write scripts as a prototype for actual programs.

Disadvantages of scripts

  • Open source, allows others to view source code, which may be prohibited by some companies.
  • Requires the user to install an interpreter or separate program before the script can run.
  • In some situations, they may be slower than a compiled program.

2. Linux command, see the script command page for further information.

3. When referring to HTML, the <script> tag is used to designate a client-side script on a web page.

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