Scripts are an ancient and honorable part of IT. Since the beginning of time (or at least computer time), programmers have been writing scripts – in perl, bash, all sorts of languages and command-line tools – to do jobs such as tying applications together. As a result, the older an IT organization is, the more scripts it is likely to have. And unlike applications, which have a hope of being updated or retired, scripts are seldom reviewed once they're put into production. Really, isn't it time to throw out the crappy ones?