Assessing Scripting Languages
Scripting languages are becoming increasingly popular both in industry as well as academia. Scripting languages are claimed to be easier to learn and faster in development. Traditional programming languages, by contrast, impose greater syntactic burdens on the programmer in an effort to produce high-performance code that results in robust programs.
Our research seeks to assess the trade-offs between lightweight interpreted scripting languages and more traditional compiled programming languages. We are primarily interested in examining a number of questions including the ideas that
- programmers are more efficient when using scripting languages,
- large software projects implemented in scripting languages will incur a greater number of uncaught programing errors, and
- scripting languages provide a better alternative to more complex languages for introductory programming courses.
- George Fox University Faculty Research Development Grant
- George Fox University Richter Scholars Program
Publications and Presentations
- Matt Hartzell and David M. Hansen.
- Assessing the Proposed Efficiency of Scripting Languages over Traditional Programming Languages. Poster presented at the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC), Salem, OR, October 2004.