This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
a scripting language is used when you want dynamic content on a website (user interaction). scripting languages fall into two basic categories, client-side and server-side. as for the origin of the name "scripting" im not certain.