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What You Can Do with WSH Scripts

You can use scripts in many ways to customize your Windows system. Here are some of the tasks you can automate using scripts:

A Few Remarks About VBScript and JScript

WSH, which ships with Windows 98 and Windows 2000 (and comes in a downloadable version for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4), comes with two programming languages, VBScript and JScript. VBScript uses the same syntax as Visual Basic; it is actually a subset of Visual Basic. JScript is Microsoft's implementation of ECMAScript, the vendor-independent programming language based on JavaScript.

These two programming languages are all you need to enter the world of script programming. However, Microsoft designed an open interface for WSH so that third-party vendors can integrate their own language engines to support other languages such as Perl, Tool Control Language (Tcl), and Rexx.