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What Is a Windows Script?

The short answer to this question might be, a Windows script is a program written in an interpreted language with access to OS components through the COM object model. Although accurate, it's not a very useful answer to anyone but a computer scientist. I think scripting is important for everyone to know about, so let's try again, in English this time.

To explain what a script is and why you should know how to write one, let's spend a moment thinking about the word script in its original, literary sense. A theatrical script is actually a plan, a series of instructions for presenting a play. All the necessary words are there along with directions that tell the actors where to move and what to do along the way. The script presents the plan but relies on capable actors to do the actual work.


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