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The true difference between programming languages and scripting languages 

Okay, we’ve heard lots of facebook talks about programming languages and scripting languages. It’s annoying right? Am a programmer and anyone who says he’s a programmer because he knows how to write or code in php, css, and html will definitely get tracked down by me and arrested. 😀 Jokes apart, so is there a difference in the two? Oh yes! But let’s focus more on the aspect of their languages. Programming languages and scripting languages, what’s the difference? 

The question was raised by one of my facebook friends Neroboy Xcoded and now, have decided to clear his mind or clear your mind too. Because, as of 2017 there’s a huge difference between the two languages! 

The difference

Basically, all scripting languages are programming languages. Yes! Am they one saying it Scripting languages are programming languages! The theoretical difference between the two is that scripting languages do not require the compilation step and are rather interpreted. For example, normally, a C program needs to be compiled before running whereas normally, a scripting language like JavaScript or PHP need not be compiled.

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Following are major difference between scripting language and programming language:

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Scripting Language:

  • Runs in response to an event
  • Performs instructions from top to bottom
  • Little or no user interaction.
  • Example: Powershell, PHP, Perl

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Programming Language:

  • Runs even when not responding to events
  • Jumps around instructions
  • Lot of user interaction
  • Examples: Java, .Net


There. Hope you fully understand? So, was I drunk when I said that scripting languages are also programming languages? Well, I have some facebook friends that will say so and others will be dam confused! Are you dam confused? Lol… My next post on this matter will explain more better. 

Let me know what you think about this below. Is scripting languages also programming languages? 

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