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Programming Language





A set of rules and terms which are used to direct a computer to complete tasks.

Programming language is the structure and vocabulary used to create computer programs. These programs instruct the computer to complete computations or algorithms. Most high level programming languages must be compiled, or translated, to low level language which can be executed by the computer. Examples of programming languages include C, C++, FORTRAN, and Java. Scripting languages are a subset of programming language. Scripting languages typically automate tasks and do not need to be compiled. Examples of scripting languages include JavaScript, VBA, and Python. Markup languages are related to programming language. However, markup languages format and tag text. They do instruct computers to complete tasks like programming languages.



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