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Linux.com: SysAdmin to SysAdmin: Scripting Languages

Jun 17, 2004, 08:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Jones)

"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 options available.

"It's extremely difficult to talk about scripting languages without setting off a religious flamewar..."

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