Articles about scripting

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Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

Scripting is now the first choice for clued-up administrators who want to get things done quickly and in an automated fashion. However, scripting does bring its own set of issues. One only need look here or here to feel the pain. Software-defined data centres exist purely in code (obviously with hardware underneath) so to help …
Stuart Burns, 23 Nov 2017
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Cisco's RAT-catchers spot sysadmin-targeted phish

File this under “it was bound to happen one day”: Cisco has spotted a targeted phishing attack based on a popular sysadmin automation tool. If someone in the “IT crowd” bunker falls for the phishing attack, Cisco's Talos Group says the payload exploits AutoIT, a scripting admin environment for Windows. Talos explains what's …
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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Readers' corner El Reg reader h4rm0ny wants your advice. Here goes. I've been using Bash for well over a decade. (About fifteen years?). I'm reasonable with it. I'm now teaching myself Powershell and whilst some of it I like, the default environment is terrible. I'm not talking about the language itself, but the fact that to use Powershell …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2014
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Ruby 2.0.0 adds syntax sparkle, boosts performance

The Ruby community announced the first stable release of Ruby 2.0 on Sunday, exactly 20 years to the day since Ruby creator Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto first conceived of the language on February 24, 1993. Ruby 2.0.0-p0, as the release is formally known, represents the first major revision of the language since Ruby 1.9 was …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2013

Forget Flash – content is king

My story begins with a blizzard. This blizzard dumped over a metre-and-a-half of snow on my hometown. This being Edmonton in the winter, we’re fairly used to this sort of thing. Those with big, heavy cars drive them into a road-shoulder snowbank and make their own parking spots. Those with smaller cars park behind them. My …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2011
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Engine Yard scripts JRuby brain trust support plan

Rudderless on JRuby? The experts will come to your assistance - for a price. Engine Yard, the company that became a magnet for JRuby brains as Sun Microsystems expired, claims it has become the first company to provide JRuby developers with support. The company is offering technical advice on building with JRuby and how to " …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Apr 2010
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Opera beta burns Chrome for top spot

Opera unleashed a beta version of its browser this morning, and 10.5 claims the lead over Google Chrome and Apple's Safari in the Javascript stakes. The speed improvement is down to a new Carakan ECMAScript engine. The Rolls Royce of browsers has long been the innovation lab for the rest of the industry, with rivals touting …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2010
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Sun looks beyond MARS for NetBeans scripting

PHP is the latest language getting the NetBeans treatment, with a PHP version of Sun Microsystems' open-source environment hitting early access today. Built on the same generic scripting framework that Sun used for Ruby, the NetBeans PHP bundle includes project management tools with refactoring and code completion to ease …
Gavin Clarke, 5 May 2008
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Early calls to simplify Eclipse

Improved usability and integration with other integrated development environments are the first features being called for in response to a request for feedback on the future Eclipse. Detailed suggestions include improvements to scripting, better on-line documentation to help plug-in developers and the introduction of a value …
Phil Manchester, 31 Mar 2008
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Other languages key to Java's future

QCon 2008 It is not the Java language that's important - it is the platform that has grown around it. That's according to one veteran of architecture, design and distributed systems development now in the thick of training developers, who reckons the continued success of Java depends on its ability to adapt to modern development demands …
Phil Manchester, 14 Mar 2008
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Microsoft and Zend juice PHP for Windows

Zend PHP 07 Zend Technologies, the industry's PHP steward, today delivers the first fruits of its collaboration with Microsoft while expanding the companies' relationship. The open source scripting specialist will open its PHP Conference and Expo today announcing the release of FastCGI for Microsoft's IIS in Windows Server 2003 and the …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Oct 2007
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Microsoft's Silverlight gets Linux treatment

An open source version of Microsoft's potential Adobe Flash challenger, Silverlight, has been developed within two months of being unveiled as a beta. Miguel de Icaza and a team of dedicated open source coders have hacked together an implementation of Silverlight they are calling Moonlight, for Linux and Unix. De Icaza came …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2007
Adobe

Adobe turns Apollo into AIR

Adobe Systems today lets loose beta code for Apollo, a software developer platform that runs web applications such as Flash, HTML and Javascript on a browser and integrates them with applications running on a desktop PC. The outcome of this software mind-meld will be, what some commentators are already calling 'WebTop …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2007
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Pundits rate Ajax, evaluate ALM incumbents

Comment BEA Systems' former chief technology officer Scott Dietzen caused a minor stir at Evans Data Corp's (EDC) recent developer conference. Dietzen founded open source messaging and collaboration start up Zimbra after leaving BEA. Importantly for us, Zimbra epitomizes Web 2.0 because it utilizes AJAX and mashups. So it was that …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2007
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Microsoft joins OpenAjax party

Microsoft today threw in its lot with the OpenAjax Alliance to push interoperability in Web 2.0. The group now counts more than 70 members, up from 15 in February 2006. In a statement, Microsoft's Kevin Smith - arguably owner of the most challenging job title in IT as core web platform and tools to UX web/client platform and …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Mar 2007
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Developers tell Eclipse why it sucks

EclipseCon Eclipse spent today weathering criticism from developers when it dared ask: "What sucks about Eclipse?" A day after unveiling plans for tools to help build Web 2.0 applications, Eclipse was dinged by developers for giving them a dated and confusing interface. Developers attending an EclipseCon open mic session in Santa Clara …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Mar 2007
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The Ruby Way

Book review It is, perhaps, inevitable that the first code you write in a new programming looks suspiciously like code from the language you already know. I can remember my own first Java applications looking suspiciously procedural and C-like. In making those first moves into object orientation, it takes a while before it all makes sense. …

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