in reply to When is a script an application

I tend to think of a script as a small program that runs without user interaction and an application as something that requires someone to help it along. So a log parser or backup program that runs as a cron job is a script and a mail program is an application. On the same thought sendmail is not a script but an application because even though it doesn't require direct input it gets input from whatever other program is using it.

However this is a huge generalization and they tend to be pretty much worthless in the real world. (:

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(crazyinsomniac: AMEN!) Re^2: When is a script an application
by crazyinsomniac (Prior) on Nov 08, 2001 at 02:10 UTC
    I've heard a lot of technical and dictionary definitions here, and I was hoping I'd be the first to say it, but hey, AMEN!!! fellow monk.

    That's the definition I go with. A script is something without a "user interface", where as an application is something with a user interface, whether it be command line or gui or voice (or what have you).

    Disclaimer: Don't blame. It came from inside the void

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