Use Python for shell scripts
I never got used to bash scripting syntax. Whenever I have to write a more-than-trivial bash script, the strange syntax annoys me, and I have to Google every little thing I need to do, starting from how to do comparisons in
ifstatements, how to use
For me, using Python as a shell scripting language seems like a better choice.
Python is a more expressive language. It is relatively concise. It has a massive built-in library that let you perform many tasks without even using shell commands, it is cross-platform and it is preinstalled or easily installed in many OS’s.
I am aware that some other dynamic languages (e.g Perl, Lua) might also be very suitable for shell programming, but I (and my team) work with Python daily and familiar with it, and it gets the jobe done.
Source: Avoiding Bash frustration — Use Python for shell scripts, an article by David Ohana.