Editor's Choice: Scripting

<b>Winner: </b>Sapien Technologies Primalscript<br> <br> <b>Honorable Mention:</b> <a href="#vbsedit">Adersoft VbsEdit</a>

Primalscript $149 for the download and $159 on CD  Sapien Technologies; 707-252-8700;

My primary concern with any script editor is flexibility. If you’ve been following my “Scripting for MCSEs” column, you know that most of my scripts of late have been in the .WSF format. I haven’t, of course, abandoned the .VBS format. Rather, my philosophy is one of pragmatism—I use what works. If a script editor is to be of value to me, it must accommodate each of the various formats I use.

This flexibility is Primalscript’s greatest advantage. In addition to supporting WSH 1.0 (“standard” VBScript and JScript files) and WSH 2.0 (XML-based .WSF files) scripting formats, Primalscript enables script creation in Python, KiXtart, Perl, PHP, ASP and more. Furthermore, it even supports application creation and compilation in “professional” development languages like VB.NET and C#.

One would think that it would be enough to simply find a script editor capable of handling such a diverse selection of scripting languages and formats. Indeed, I’ve been unable to find even one other script editor in the sea of professional, shareware and freeware scripting tools available that adequately supports both WSH 1.0 and WSH 2.0 formatted scripts. While it’s true that .WSF scripts can be edited using virtually any XML editor, they’re usually just glorified text editors, providing color coding and indenting.

Sapien Technologies Primalscript
Primalscript handles .WSF files with ease. (Click image to view larger version.)

Primalscript, on the other hand, understands the .WSF format. When you open a .WSF file, it parses it, separates any and all jobs (and all scripts within each job), and initially displays only the main script logic of the selected script. Viewing the entire file—complete with all the XML tags—is as simple as right-clicking the script and selecting “Open as text file.” Right-click anywhere in the script window and select “Open as workspace” to return to the default view. This really helps you keep your scripts organized!

If your job requires more than a little scripting, Primalscript will help you create these scripts quickly and easily. Its unparalleled flexibility and broad range of supported languages will accommodate most any scripting challenge. It’s even got me taking a serious look a Perl, just for fun. Change is good!

Honorable Mention
$15 Adersoft, (33)

For those of you hesitant to pay $150 for a product with a plethora of features you’ll never use, consider VbsEdit, from Adersoft. VbsEdit is a simple script editor that’s a bargain at $15. Simply put, it’s Notepad on steroids! It provides syntax color-coding, line numbering, and the ability to run your scripts directly from within the editor in either console (cscript) or window (wscript) mode.

About the Author

Chris Brooke, MCSE, is a contributing editor for Redmond magazine and director of enterprise technology for ComponentSource. He specializes in development, integration services and network/Internet administration. Send questions or your favorite scripts to

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Sun, Jul 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

Smotri i y4is,

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Mon, Aug 29, 2005 Steve Komaromi Anonymous

Adersoft does not answer email questions within 24 hours as they claim, and does not answer at all. They suck.

Thu, Dec 11, 2003 VS Amsterdam

I tried PrimalScript about 6 months ago. This is now the only editor I use for all of my scripting projects. Itis well worth buying it.

Fri, Dec 5, 2003 Brad Degenaars Anonymous

The best in the business

Mon, Nov 10, 2003 Bill Gates

This looks really cool and when people see it on my screen they think I'm very smart and actually doing some work. I have had a job as a developer for the past 2 years and can't even program! Thank's to everyone who make these really smart looking programs.

Tue, Oct 28, 2003 Bob Zumbrunnen Boogerville, MO

Love 3.0 except for one thing. It doesn't support WordStar keyboard commands like 2.2 did, and now I can't find a copy of 2.2 to download.

Sat, Aug 30, 2003 Janet Poser Montgomery, AL

I like PrimalScript very much. I code in Python, PHP, C#, VB.NET, ASP, Java, JavaScript, and C++ and I have not found another product that provides the multi-language functionality like PrimalScript. The only reason I use VS.NET is for form design. And I have almost abandoned Dreamweaver. PrimalCode is good as well, but I have had some problems with intermittent crashing.

Thu, Jun 12, 2003 Paul SAPIEN

PrimalScript 3.0 is out! PrimalCode is now available for .NET. Visit to try them free.

Sun, May 11, 2003 Jean-Herve Adersoft

We provide email support for VbsEdit and usually answer within 24 hours

VbsEdit 2.0 now costs $30

Thu, May 8, 2003 Lee PrimalScript

Excellent product. Well worth the money.

Tue, Apr 15, 2003 francois Belgium

Works great . I recommanded to my friends

Sun, Apr 6, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I agree with the above. Works great during trials but after you buy vbsedit.msi, it doesnt work. No support from Adersoft.

Thu, Apr 3, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

The trial version went well and it seemed to do a good job. I paid the $30.00 instead of $15.00 like this page says for the registration and then VBSEDIT stopped working. I contacted Adersoft several times and never got a response back. I am still unable to get my money back or fix the problem.

Fri, Dec 27, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Yip it is great, i used it only during the evaluation period to create a script. but it is fast to learn and easy to use. And you don't have to go tru all the extra fancy stuff to get it working.

Maybe they should sell a MCSA/MCSE-edition with only the script languages a Windows sys-admin uses.

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