fish, the friendly interactive shell is a shell that is focused on interactive use, discoverability, and user friendliness. The design goal of fish is to give the user a rich set of powerful features in a way that is easy to discover, remember, and use. fish features a user-friendly and powerful tab-completion, including descriptions of every completion, tab-completion of strings with wildcards, and many completions for specific commands. It also features an extensive and discoverable help system. A special help command gives access to all the fish documentation in your preferred Web browser. Other features include syntax highlighting with extensive error checking, support for the X clipboard, smart terminal handling based on terminfo, an easy to search, no duplicates history.
pyPEG is a quick and easy solution for creating a parser in Python programs. pyPEG uses a PEG language in Python data structures to parse, so it can be used dynamically to parse nearly every context free language. The output is a plain Python data structure called pyAST, or, as an alternative, XML.
Exscript is a scripting language for automating network connections over protocols such as Telnet or SSH. It is in some ways comparable to Expect, but has some unique features that make it a lot easier to use and understand for non-developers. It supports parallelization, logging, authentication mechanisms, and a lot more.
IPL stands for the Invocation Programming Language, a concurrent programming language described by Karl Fant in his book "Computer Science Reconsidered: The Invocation Model of Process Expression." This software comprises a C++ class hierarchy for representing language internals, a language parser, and a graphical editor and interpreter for experimenting with concurrent programs. In a sense, this is the software that could have been on a CD in the back of the book.