When I first got into 3D I don't think I knew what a script was. In my life I can recall taking two very basic programming classes, but by the time I was finally exposed to Maxscript, I could only remember that there were such things as variables, loops, if statements, and that you could 'print' stuff. I knew nothing of common syntax, nothing about functions... it was all Greek to me. And there's STILL a LOT that I don't know. That puts me in the unique position to help out a lot of people, because I'm not the guy who assumes you already know something about programming and writes a post with all kinds of code and leaves you completely flustered. I will be writing this article in a language that just about anyone can understand.
Let's get started.
So there are a few very basic things to know about scripting.