"Theoretically, the ultimate goal for a system administrator,
whether you're in a large data center or a small home network, is
to script yourself out of a job. The more you can automate tasks,
the more time you can spend researching new technologies, deploying
new services, and playing Quake! Experienced administrators
generally have at least three scripting languages under their belts
for regular use, and probably have books that cover one or two more
for occasional use. Beginners, however, sometimes have a hard time
deciding which tools to devote their learning cycles to. This
article aims to help those users come to grips with the many
"It's extremely difficult to talk about scripting languages
without setting off a religious flamewar..."
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