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which scripting language to learn?

 
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Hi,
I would like to learn a new scripting language..
there are couple of candidates...ruby,python,perl etc.
Other than JavaScript i have no scripting experience.
What will be your Recommendation? and why?
Thanks,
Achit Bhatnager
 
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You can consider PHP too.
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.And ofcourse it easy to learn.
 
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Depends, what are you learning it for?
Java-related purposes? Then go with Jython.
 
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Groovy is also getting a lot of interest at the moment, and it's more "java-like" than Jython.
 
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Bleh. I find Jython very interesting and very easy for beginners. Plus, you can use Python in other places too.
 
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Thanks Guys,
I have an even more basic question.
When to go for scripting langauge?
I'm not sure how/when/why to use a script language except in Web Development.
 
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When you need to do something quick, and easy. In my experience, most of the time, scripting language offers better O/S integration, and text handling. For example: I would use Bash, Tcl when I need to do a some basic text handling, I can use Java I/O, but a 10 lines script is alot more easier.
 
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