Scripting?

Please tell me the differences between: wsh, .net, kixstart, etc.
is there some kind of historical overview which could clarify + tells which language is used where, for what and how + which language is the way to go now?

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
They all have their uses for different purposes.  But there isn't a simple answer to your question.  .NET is a program environment, not just a scripting resource.  Here are some resources to get you started.

http://www.google.com/search?q=wsh

http://www.asp.net/

http://www.kixtart.org/
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, I didn t mean only these 3, alo c sharp etc.
I can google, yes. But I m looking for the overview.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
There really isn't an overview on a subject that big.  There are hundreds if not thousands of scripting and programming languages.  Many are special purpose and some are restricted to particular operating systems.  You need to narrow your subject to get a more useful answer.

What is it you want to do?  Websites?  Desktop programming?  System utilities and scripting?  Embedded programming?  ???
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks. It is mainly to manage serversystems/automatisations.
I m working on Powershell now for automated esx installations, idem for xenapp. But then I see they talk about c sharp, kixstart, cmd,vb.... I would like to have an overview of what they exactly are, how they are related and what they do.
=> are they all Microsoft languages, which are older, how did they evolved and why. Want to have a grip in order to focus what I need to study.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
First they are not all Microsoft languages.  The earliest Microsoft programming language was Microsoft Basic about 1975 which is before DOS and way before Windows.  'C' languages are derived from 'C' developed at Bell Labs in the early 1970's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_%28programming_language%29 .  I will have to let you look up the next 900 or so programming and scripting languages on your own.  There are just too many.  Google is your friend.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I should say that all programming languages I know about started somewhere other than Microsoft.  Even Basic started somewhere else before Microsoft made a version of it.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, please tell me the most popular ones and their use.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Fair enough.
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