Crypto Glossary


A computer script is a list of commands that are executed by a certain program or scripting language.

What Is a Script?

A script, or more specifically, a computer script is a list of commands that are executed by a certain program or scripting language. In fact, scripts can be used to automate processes on a local computer or to generate web pages online. 

A script is essentially a program or sequence of instructions that are interpreted and carried out by another program rather than by the computer processor itself. Certain languages have been conceived specifically as script languages.

The most popular in this regard are JavaScript, Perl and REXX. Generally speaking, script languages are a lot easier and faster to code than other, more structured and compiled languages such as C and C++. A script takes longer to run when compared to a compiled program due to the fact that each instruction is handled by another program first, which requires additional instructions.

A script is sometimes used to mean a list of operating system commands which are stored within a file and can perform sequentially by the operating system's command interpreter whenever the list name is entered within a command. 

You will find that a script is described as a sequence of instructions that you essentially enter in order to indicate how a sequence of files will be presented. 

Scripts have many languages, as they are open-source, which allows users to view and edit the script if they need to. They do not require the file to be compiled but can be when required. Scripts are easy to learn and write and easy to port between different operating systems. Last but not least, scripts are much faster to develop than an actual program and some individuals, as well as companies, write scripts as a prototype for actual programs.

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