Programming Skills Scripting Languages

Scripting languages (also called interpreted languages) are often used for a variety of administrative tasks, so chances are your IT staff has a variety of scripting skills. Take a full inventory of all scripting skills in your department. This will not only help you match skills to need, but it might also prompt a few creative ideas for how to approach various security tasks.

The most commonly used scripting languages these days are Microsoft's Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), JavaScript, Python, and Perl. VBScript is typically used to automate various administrative tasks, especially in the Windows environment. It's also widely used on the client side of Web services. JavaScript is also used in client side code on Web sites. VBScript is specific to Microsoft and JavaScript works across the Microsoft, Unix, and Linux platforms. Python is also an object-oriented scripting language that is used extensively in the Google search engine. Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2, Amiga, Palm Handhelds, and Nokia mobile phones. Python has also been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines. Python is distributed under an OSI-approved open source license that makes it free to use, even for commercial products. Python is slowly replacing Perl, though there are still many Perl scripts running in the world.

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