Chapter 1. Introduction to Scripting

The main topic of this book is the synergy of scripting technologies and the Java platform. I describe projects Java developers can use to create a more powerful development environment, and some of the practices that make scripting useful.

Before I start to discuss the application of scripting in the Java world, I summarize some of the theory behind scripting in general and its use in information technology infrastructure. This is the topic of the first two chapters of the book, and it gives us a better perspective of scripting technology as well as how this technology can be useful within the Java platform.

To begin, we must define what scripting languages are and describe their characteristics. Their characteristics ...

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