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Defining Programming Language

A programming language is used to write computer programs including applications, utilities, and systems programs. Before the Java and C# programming languages appeared, computer programs were either compiled or interpreted. 

A compiled program is written as a series of humanly understandable computer instructions that can be read by a compiler and linker and translated into machine code so that a computer can understand and run it. Fortran, Pascal, Assembly Language, C, and C++ programming languages are almost always compiled in this way. Other programs, such as Basic, JavaScript, and VBScript, are interpreted. The differences between compiled and interpreted languages can be confusing.

Compiling a Program

The development of a compiled program follows these basic steps:

  1. Write or edit the program
  2. Compile the program into machine code files that are specific to the target machine
  3. Link the machine code files into a runnable program (known as an EXE file)
  4. Debug or
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