Scripting Language

Last Updated: November 6, 2014

Definition - What does Scripting Language mean?

A scripting language is a programming language designed for integrating and communicating with other programming languages. Some of the most widely used scripting languages are JavaScript, VBScript, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, ASP and Tcl. Since a scripting language is normally used in conjunction with another programming language, they are often found alongside HTML, Java or C++.

Techopedia explains Scripting Language

One common distinction between a scripting language and a language used for writing entire applications is that, while a programming language is typically compiled first before being allowed to run, scripting languages are interpreted from source code or bytecode one command at a time.

Although scripts are widely employed in the programming world, they have recently become more associated with the World Wide Web, where they have been used extensively to create dynamic Web pages. While technically there are many client-side scripting languages that can be used on the Web, in practice it means using JavaScript.
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