Rexx definition

Also see NetRexx, a language that combines ideas from Java and Rexx.

Rexx is an interpreted script language developed by IBM originally for use by personal users of large operating systems. It was designed for ease of learning and use and to make programming accessible to non-programmers. It offers powerful character-manipulation, automatic data typing, manipulation of words, numbers, and names, and debugging capabilities.

REXX can be compared with these interpreted script languages:

In general, script languages are easier and faster to code in than the more structured, compiled languages such as C and C++ and are ideal for programs of very limited capability or that can reuse and tie together existing compiled programs.

This was first published in November 2005

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