|Typing discipline||Dynamic, strong|
While BeanShell allows its users to define functions that can be called from within a script, its underpinning philosophy has been to not pollute its syntax with too many extensions and "syntactic sugar", thereby ensuring that code written for a Java compiler can almost always be executed interpretively by BeanShell without any changes and, almost just as much, vice versa. This makes BeanShell a popular testing and debugging tool.
BeanShell is an open source project and has been incorporated into many applications, such as OpenOffice.org, Apache Ant, WebLogic Server Application Server, jEdit, JUMP GIS and many others. BeanShell provides an easy to integrate API. It can also be run in command-line mode or within its own graphical environment.
Following the JCP approval of the BeanShell JSR Review Ballot in June 2005, no visible activity was taking place around BeanShell. The JSR 274 status is "Dormant".
A Windows automated installer, BeanShell Double-Click, was created in 2013. It includes desktop integration features.