Scripting is the simple and powerful way to create computing solutions. System programming languages are too complicated and time-consuming for most IT tasks and users. Static tools (markup languages, compiled applications, pure-visual or table-based development) are too weak and inflexible for your tasks. Scripting covers the large span between system programming and static tools, the span where solutions are made, quickly, and by a large class of computer users--you don't have to be a programming expert to script, and if you are a programming expert then you'll be a lot more productive with scripting.
Scripting is now recognized as the fastest, simplest, and most-flexible method to create IT programming solutions. Whether by linking components -- ActiveX, JavaBeans, Applications (thin, fat, new, or legacy), Libraries, Databases, HTML, and Servers --, allowing off-the-shelf applications to be customized, or automating workflow procedures, scripting has proven itself to be the way to build total solutions for the present and the future.
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A to Z: Hour-long overview of scripting presented at Internet World
Allows developers to add scripting