>The purpose of this FAQ is to expose people to several languages which
>can cutdown/eliminate shell programming and C programming.
I would suggest adding Icon to your survey. It runs on most Unix platforms,
can be interpreted or compiled, and has been used for a lot of the things
that shells scripts and Perl has been used for.
Unforunately I am not that experienced with using it so I can't give
you more particulars -- perhaps someone else can (or ask comp.lang.icon).