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A script is a program that is perceived as a script, and an application is a program that is perceived as an application. It is all really a matter of perception.

Applications are, however, generally considered to be larger in sheer size and more complex in their design than scripts. Generally - there are always exceptions to the rules, and the line between scripts and applications can be very blurred at times.

Think of each of your 'cute' little 'scripts' as a squirrel, a cute fuzzy little critter that works hard to gather to food for the winter. Nobody really notices them, but they GET THE JOB DONE. Now think of an application as a large whale, slowly moving through the water - unchanged or very difficult to change. If the whale isn't careful, one wrong turn and it will wind up stuck on the beach, an obsolete piece of blubber.

Extreme, but i guess my point is that if you are worried that you are missing out on some 'big adventure' of application developement and you are stuck writing minor utility scripts, consider yourself fortunate. Your scripts have a better chance to be usefull longer than many applications 'out there'. And yes, even though the whale lives much longer than the squirrel - i see many more squirrels out there than whales.

OK, OK! So i live in Tennessee - it's a metaphor!!! ;)


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In reply to (jeffa) Re: When is a script an application by jeffa
in thread When is a script an application by camelman

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