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Chapter 2. VBScript Tutorial > Introduction to VBScript

Introduction to VBScript

VBScript is the free version of Microsoft's Visual Basic programming language provided with Windows Script Host. It's virtually identical to Visual Basic for Applications, which is built in to many Microsoft applications for use as a scripting and “macro” language. Despite being somewhat stripped down from the full-price Visual Basic language, VBScript is fully capable of performing calculations, working with filenames and dates, and manipulating external objects. Although it can't display the complex dialog boxes, windows, and menus of a full-featured Windows application, it's powerful to serve the purpose of helping you manage your computer and automate day-to-day tasks. Although you could use many other languages to write scripts, VBScript is an excellent choice because you can transfer your experience in writing macros and programs for Word and Excel to Windows scripts, and vice versa.

In this chapter, I'll introduce you to VBScript and show you its most important features. I'll assume you have at least some familiarity with computer programming.


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