Interpreter Vs. Compiler - Research Article from World of Computer Science

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A compiler is a special program that processes statements written in a particular programming language and converts them into machine language, a "binary program" or "code," that a computer processor uses. A compiler works with what are sometimes called 3GL and higher-level languages (3rd-generation languages, such as Java, C, and PL/1). Typically, a programmer writes language statements in a language such as C, Pascal, or C++ one line at a time using a tool called an editor. The "edited" file contains the source statements. The programmer then runs the appropriate language compiler (there may be several compilers for each language), specifying the name of the file that contains the source statements.

When executing the file, the compiler first parses or analyzes all of the language statements syntactically in a sequential manner and then, in one or more successive passes, builds the output code, ensuring that statements...

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