What is it ?
AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is also very small, self-contained and will run on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying “runtimes” required!
AutoIt was initially designed for PC “roll out” situations to reliably automate and configure thousands of PCs. Over time it has become a powerful language that supports complex expressions, user functions, loops and everything else that veteran scripters would expect.
What does it have to offer for your ?
- Easy to learn BASIC-like syntax
- Simulate keystrokes and mouse movements
- Manipulate windows and processes
- Interact with all standard windows controls
- Scripts can be compiled into standalone executables
- Create Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
- COM support
- Regular expressions
- Directly call external DLL and Windows API functions
- Scriptable RunAs functions
- Detailed helpfile and large community-based support forums
- Compatible with Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 / 10 / 2016 /…
- Unicode and x64 support
- Digitally signed for peace of mind
- Works with Windows Vista’s User Account Control (UAC)
Source: Help File
Recently (2017) AutoIt can access .NET Classes, apart from native Windows API’s 🙂
See here if you want to understand Windows API’s
Is it a scripting language or a Programming language ?
Programming languages can be classified into two types:
- A Compiled Language is converted into machine code or an intermediate code before the program runs, by a highly specialized piece of software called a compiler.
- In a Scripting Language, there is no need to explicitly invoke the code conversion process. It happens automatically in the background when the source code is processed by an interpreter.
Thus, all scripting languages are programming languages, but not all programming languages are scripting languages.
Source: Scripting or Programming ?