What is cscript?

cscript is simply the best scripting language for C and C++ there is.

When you want to accomplish a relatively small but non-trivial task and bash and awk don't supply the functionality you need, cscript can provide the solution.

There are lots of scripting languages like perl and python that can be used for general purpose scripting, but cscript has a number of advantages over most other scripting languages:

  • cscript scripts are precompiled, so the script runs much faster than any interpreted scripting language script.
  • cscript has access to the entire list of standard C library functions, if you can do it in C, you can do it in cscript.
  • cscript is fully standards compliant. C is a well understood and robust language, and cscript inherits all that experience.