Mel-script is a very powerful tool for making things happen for you in Maya.
When I was in school learning the software, Mel was one of the most underlooked aspects
of Maya, and I had to learn everything I did on my own with the aid of the Maya help docs.
Since the help docs assume some prior programming experience, they tend to leave some gaps.
I hope to fill in some of those gaps through these tutorials I'll be putting up here.
If you want good workflow while you're coding, read this about Text Editors.