There are dozens of coding languages today, making it difficult for aspiring engineers or anybody interested in technology to know where to begin. Language allows us to think abstractly, construct sophisticated ideas, innovate and take ideas beyond boundaries with the help of the internet. Without language, almost nothing in this contemporary society would be conceivable. So, building computers that can understand language has long been a fundamental objective of artificial intelligence research. This article at Kinsta by Anna Monus speaks about the types of scripting languages and the top 13 scripting languages today.
Scripting language helps you communicate with other software, such as a web browser, server, or standalone program. Operating systems, statistical analysis tools, office programs, game engines, and various other platforms include scripting languages.
Within a specific runtime context, scripting languages may execute various activities. For instance, automate tasks, perform configurations, extract data from datasets, and scale software capabilities.
For instance, you can use these scripting languages in the runtime environment:
- Bash for GNU
- VBA for Microsoft Office
Scripting Language in Programming
Scripting is creating a set of commands that an application or scripting engine interprets one at a time. Even though the script instructs the platform on what to do, the runtime environment is responsible for the execution, not the scripting language. This distinguishes scripting languages from ‘write once, run anywhere’ computer languages like Java.
Programming Languages vs. Scripting Languages
While programming languages are cross-platform (platform agnostic), scripting languages are platform-specific. For example, you may run a Java program on any operating system.
The author also talks about the difference between interpreted vs. compiled, faster vs. slower at runtime, more vs. less code-intensive, and standalone apps vs. apps as part of a stack in scripting languages. Furthermore, the author discusses misconceptions about various scripting languages, what they are and are not, and provides a brief description of 13 scripting languages.
- Emacs Lisp