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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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Rexx
The REstructured eXtended eXecutor (Rexx) is another scripting language from IBM, but 'scripting language' seems rather incomplete to describe what's going on with this one. Written by an IBM programmer in the early 1980s, Rexx leans heavily on PL/I for its structure. The result is a language originally intended as a mainframe scripting-language replacement that has become a compiled language, an interpreted language, and a scripting language available on scores of different platforms.
Rexx is so flexible that it was included as a standard language on the most powerful IBM mainframes, and in the Commodore Amiga at the same time. Rexx is still going strong. It's difficult to find an operating system for which a version of Rexx is not available. It is also frequently used in Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programming. If you're casting about for a useful scripting language to learn today, Rexx is a very solid candidate.
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Rexx

The REstructured eXtended eXecutor (Rexx) is another scripting language from IBM, but "scripting language" seems rather incomplete to describe what's going on with this one. Written by an IBM programmer in the early 1980s, Rexx leans heavily on PL/I for its structure. The result is a language originally intended as a mainframe scripting-language replacement that has become a compiled language, an interpreted language, and a scripting language available on scores of different platforms.

Rexx is so flexible that it was included as a standard language on the most powerful IBM mainframes, and in the Commodore Amiga at the same time. Rexx is still going strong. It's difficult to find an operating system for which a version of Rexx is not available. It is also frequently used in Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programming. If you're casting about for a useful scripting language to learn today, Rexx is a very solid candidate.

(Image: WikiMedia via Wiki Commons)

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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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