Automating Administrative Tasks
One of the greatest strengths of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server is the abundance of scripting languages it supports out of the box. Many of these scripting languages are interpreted by a host program rather than run directly as lower-level machine code, and thus they are text files with human-readable syntax. Because such languages are translated into machine code at run time, interpreted programs are sometimes much slower than their compiled equivalents. However, because you can edit these programs and then run them immediately, they are common tools used by system administrators to automate tasks.
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