Questions tagged [scripting]

In computer programming, a script is a program or sequence of instructions that is interpreted or carried out by another program rather than by the computer processor (like a compiled program is).

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What are the best practices to design a “verbose” mode in command line scripts?

To improve my command lines scripts, I want to add some optional console output, mainly for logging purposes. In my PowerShell modules, I use Write-Verbose for this (but it should be clear this isn't ...
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Understanding C after getting used to scripting languages

I use python and javascript in my daily workflow. I am really excited about understanding c as I am drawn towards contributing to projects that are written in the language but even after weeks of ...
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Automate clearing everything (database tables, log files, etc.) and starting from a fresh state during development?

The Issue When I'm fixing a bug during web development projects, I often find myself cleaning out the existing (tainted) database records, clearing out log files, etc. I do this so that I can start ...
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Do you recommend having a template scripts?

I am pretty much new to programming, but recently I began to learn C# intensively for Visual C# and for Unity. I have noticed that I use many scripts that have absolutely the same content in different ...
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How to Maintain Rarely Used Scripts

I come across the need to do a lot of one time scripts (related to API evaluations, data extraction, experiments etc.) that have the potential only to be used very rarely in the future. These could be ...
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C# - Generic Configurable Condition checker at Runtime - Achievement System

I'm writing a "generic" achievement system for my MMORPG project, it needs to be friendly & efficient for my game designers (without having to write code to add new achievements). If anyone got ...
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What makes a scripting language “embeddable”?

According to my experience, Wikipedia and prior answers, a scripting language is vague category of languages which are high-level (no manual memory management) and interpreted. Popular examples are ...
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Designing multi-user system to allow running updates

I am at the beginning of designing a system to be deployed across a job site, your boring, dime-a-dozen, database server backend multi-client system. One feature that I am very keen to implement in ...
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Versioning an Application VS Versioning an Executable/Library

I'm trying to pass a point to my team whereas there are two different kind of "programs" we can serve : applications and executables/librairies. An application in this sense is dependent on other ...
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Why are script languages so popular? [closed]

I am currently writing a memoire on the evolution of developing tools. Among them is of course the programming languages. I made some researches, and a lot of the most popular languages are scripts ...
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Why only scripting languages for automating tasks? [closed]

To automate tasks, I have only heard of people using scripting languages. Why don't people use compiled languages to automate tasks? What can scripting languages do for automating tasks that ...
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Can i be two places at once in python cycle

I'm doing this in python, in case that changes anything. I'm trying to make a lamp/bit go 1-0-1-0 until the user says "okay" the "okay" should indicate that the user has found the lamp/Bit IRL. Now ...
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Should we tailor APIs to the customer, or ask the customer to use the existing one?

I am a sole developer and I recently wrote a new web application in the form of a API with Swagger and front-end. This was customers could use the API on their own, usually forscripting. It is ...
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What is the right way to manage developer scripts?

Developers create scripts to help in their work. For example, to run Maven with certain parameters, to kill unneeded background tasks that crop up in development, or to connect to a certain server. ...
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What is the proper structure for maintaining single page python scripts

I am a self-taught programmer, and started my job as a PHP developer,in a small company. I then got some work to write python script. I didn't have any senior with proper Python experience. So I ...
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First time writing a scripting engine

So I decided to created a stack-based virtual machine and the result came out pretty good (in my opinion!). The first iteration was a basic toy VM. I did a rewrite to make the VM work more ...
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Can one time executable scripts be a part of SOLID design? [closed]

Imagine a table T, with 2 columns containing data. Everyday, one row is added the table. Now you add 3rd column to the table (After adding this column too, one row will be added the table everyday)....
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How do you publish a C# program to multiple computers that includes a path to a VBScript?

I am trying to publish a C# application that does two main things. First, it runs a VBScript that goes into the SAP (Software solutions business) service and retrieves information in an excel type ...
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What is the best approach to store and execute script from .NET application

I am making an application that will allow user to store and execute simple scripts using Web GUI. Web GUI is ASP.NET MVC and scripts can be of any kind (Python, Perl, AWK, CMD, PowerShell ect. User ...
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Creating a metaphorical compiled scripted language.

I'm studying for a final exam and I came across this question which I found pretty interesting. I was wondering what the stackExchange community who are more experience in scripted languages than I ...
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Is there such a thing as a 'pseudo-compiler' for proprietary software?

I'm interested in whether there is such a thing as a pseudo-compiler that can create a kind of binary or bytecode version of a plaintext script file, which can only be accessed by a proprietary piece ...
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Using Makefile as a script repository

Is it reasonable to use Makefile targets as scripts? So for example, instead of having a script script_A, script_B, etc, and running them as standard executables with ./script_A, we have a makefile ...
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Windows batch files (.bat) coding style standard

Is there any standard/encouraged Windows batch file coding style? I would think that if I want my batch files to be easy to read/mantain, I should care about this, but searching the web I found very ...
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Designing a program that runs scripts on multiple computers (Java)

I've been trying to design a program in Java (because I might need to create an app that does the controlling part) with GUI that can run scripts on a few local computers. It should do the following: ...
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Unit testing C code?

I learnt about the check testing framework today that seems good. This far I've scripted tests that uses valgrind so that the tests both display output from the tests and from valgrind. Is there a ...
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Structuring git repository as a 'catch-all'

I have a really old install of Debian on my Thinkpad, and I want to refresh it now that I'm using it again. However, I have a LOT of old scripts all over this install for beauty fixes, shortcuts, and ...
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Is it unreasonable to implement a small domain specific scripting language?

At my new job, they are currently spending scores of labor hours that we don't have to do manual QA testing after every build. Nothing is automated at all. (We can only afford three developers, and ...
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How are scripting languages compiled?

I know the term "scripting languages" is just a subset of programming languages, but I want to refer to programming languages such as Python and Ruby among others. First of all, why don't we need a ...
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I'm looking for a way to add database update scripts to a “playlist” [closed]

I've got a group of scripts to run and I'd like to batch them all together. Rather than write a .cmd/.bat file to run the lot it feels to me like there ought to be something similar to a playlist (e.g....
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Deploying and maintaining a script on customer's domains

I am trying to figure the best way (or just the pros and cons of various options) for delivering a service via a script which runs on the customer's site (think Google Analytics). Unlike Google ...
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Design: Lisp (or other scripting language) as an interactive interface for C++?

I'm working on a medium size C++ project (will probably end up around 50k lines) and I have to provide an interactive terminal interface. The program produces scientific data as an output and the ...
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Move file into apropriate directory based upon first letter of second word, followed by the first two letters of the second word with Python [closed]

EDIT: Apparently the below question is too specific. Let me rephrase: I'm looking for a way to fit a letter into a list of specified ranges such that, if given the letter S and the ranges A-F, G-M, N-...
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Should one use many small configuration files for script or a single large configuration file?

I have a script which starts from cron with regular interval and sources in around 10 variables. Should I keep those 10 variables in one configuration file in file system or is it a better practice to ...
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Dynamic Code Evaluation in Java - Clever or Sloppy?

I am trying to create a flexible ACL framework in Java for my application. Many ACL frameworks are built on a whitelist of rules, where a rule is in the form of owner:action:resource. For example, "...
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What is a simple, correct and secure way of executing code stored in database?, that is also sandboxed

Webhooks can be a very powerful thing when you try to automate or integrate software, however, handling their deployment in a controlled environment can suck in terms of security and deployment alone. ...
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How to Use Python as a “Macro” runner for a C# Application

I am working on an application that the user may wish to automate some features of (but we don't know what at the moment) I would like to provide them some kind of scripting interface so they can play ...
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Embedding extremely basic scripts in application

I need to program a C++ application which will basically work as a script interpreter, but with extremely basic and limited scripts. The scripts will have a format like this: processedA = doProcessA(...
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One Script file or Multiple Script Files [closed]

I have a moderately long(for me at least) bash script file that that maintains a list of LAN users and the bandwidth each one uses. It is 199 lines with 11 functions and is already calling 3 different ...
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Where should I put (wrapper) scripts in my source tree? [closed]

I have this software package which installs itself to /usr/local/mypackge, with a bunch of subdirs. In bin/ I have linked code, as ELF executables, in /share/doc I have documents, etc. Now suppose I'...
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Linking stylesheets and scripts when using server side includes

I am working on a site where I want to have a header and footer on each page, so I thought about using server side includes for this. I have not used them before so I am a little bit unsure about best ...
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How to let users share custom code content under the mobile app store restrictions?

Situation Mobile application store owners are known to explicitly forbid some application extensibility scenarios. Apple: 2.7 Apps that download code in any way or form will be rejected 2.8 ...
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How to use multiple programming languages together in the same program? [closed]

Such a simple question, but I have not found a reasonable answer to this. I currently program in Python, an interpreted language. I always hear of people using multiple languages in the same program? ...
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Recreating files from shell script or java?

I have java application which takes a file, which is created by a process running on terminal. I start the process using a small shell script. Then run the Java application and it reads the file ...
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What properties does an object oriented language have? [closed]

I'm currently working on a game and wanted to add some scripting support. Due to trying to keep the entire codebase in managed c# (Excluding Monogame), I am using a custom language for the scripting (...
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Does a custom scripting language require it's own compiler/assembler? [closed]

Or is the script generally converted to a known language such as C++ first? And how generally to you integrate a scripting language with the say a game engine?
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How to present a stable data model in a public API that allows internal data structures to be changed without breaking the public view of the data?

I am in the process of developing an application that allows users to write C# scripts. These scripts allow users to call selected methods and to access and manipulate data in a document. This works ...
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Programming Language vs Markup Language vs Scripting Language

Up until now I don't know the KEY differences between these three. When someone asks me about this, I only tell them that C# is a programming language, HTML and XML are Markup Languages, and ...
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When is a script no longer a script? [closed]

I write many a PowerShell script for the organization I currently work for. Most recently I have been co-writing a tool that, in the end, will have a lot of functionality (beyond a single purpose), ...
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How to take things step by step

This is about the third time I've had to write software to control a cellular modem. For those unfamiliar with the process, you have a sequence of steps you have to take. Each step takes a certain ...
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How to design a scriptable communication emulator?

Requirement: We need a tool that simulates a hardware device that communicates via RS232 or TCP/IP to allow us to test our main application which will communicate with the device. Current flow: User ...