programming language

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Coded language used by programmers to write instructions that a computer can understand to do what the programmer (or the computer user) wants. The most basic (called low-level) computer language is the machine language that uses binary ('1' and '0') code which a computer can run (execute) very fast without using any translator or interpreter program, but is tedious and complex. The high-level languages (such as Basic, C, Java) are much simpler (more 'English-like') to use but need to use another program (a compiler or an interpreter) to convert the high-level code into the machine code, and are therefore slower.
There are dozens of programming languages and new ones are being continuously developed. Also called computer language.

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The programming language preferred was a fifth generation language that our company had never used in a professional context so we were happy to try it.
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I could not work on that certain computer because I did not know the programming language, or how to use it.
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If you have someone in your office that is good with programming language they can come up with new ways to save you time.
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