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11/22/2015
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9 Scripting Languages You Need To Know

Scripting languages can bring new functions to applications and glue complex systems together. Here are nine that could hold the keys to your next project.
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JCL
IBM's Job Control Language (JCL) was the basic tool for moving data, dealing with cost allocation, and invoking applications in the early days of the 360-series mainframe -- and it's doing the same job today. In its early incarnations JCL was a comma-delimited language that was considerably easier for machines to understand than for humans to write, a situation that reflected the relative importance and cost of the two resources. Today, it's easier for humans to deal with and much more interactive, but it's still a central part of the mainframe experience for thousands upon thousands of admins and programmers.
One thing that hasn't changed for JCL is that it is, essentially, a control language for batch jobs. In our always-on, instant-gratification world it's hard for some people to imagine that there are still batch jobs, but any organization with the sort of IT demands that need a mainframe still has plenty of tasks that are run via batch jobs. Wherever there's a batch job, there you'll find JCL.
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JCL

IBM's Job Control Language (JCL) was the basic tool for moving data, dealing with cost allocation, and invoking applications in the early days of the 360-series mainframe -- and it's doing the same job today. In its early incarnations JCL was a comma-delimited language that was considerably easier for machines to understand than for humans to write, a situation that reflected the relative importance and cost of the two resources. Today, it's easier for humans to deal with and much more interactive, but it's still a central part of the mainframe experience for thousands upon thousands of admins and programmers.

One thing that hasn't changed for JCL is that it is, essentially, a control language for batch jobs. In our always-on, instant-gratification world it's hard for some people to imagine that there are still batch jobs, but any organization with the sort of IT demands that need a mainframe still has plenty of tasks that are run via batch jobs. Wherever there's a batch job, there you'll find JCL.

(Image: WikiImages via Pixabay)

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Re: Powershell Missing
@TechnCharles, I struggled over whether to go with Powershell or VBA in this grouping. I finally came down on the side of VBA, though I can see the argument for including Powershell.

A question: Do you also use VBA or do you live pretty much exclusively in Powershell? I know that they're used for entirely different things, but I'm curious about whether the "well-rounded Windows admin" will need to use both.
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