The unlikely persistence of AppleScript

And in a very real sense, modern AppleScript has quietly achieved its original goal of enabling non-programmers to create their own software—not through AppleScript scripting but instead through Automator, which is built on the same underlying technology and is arguably more popular than its predecessor.
— John Gruber

John Gruber wrote a typically thoughtful piece for Macworld on how AppleScript continues to beat the odds. Nevertheless, I have to wonder as OS X creeps toward iOS how long AppleScript will stick around. I’m crossing my fingers for a good long time. I love what AppleScript, Automator, and Services do for me, warts and all.