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Object code, or sometimes object module, is what a computer compiler produces. In a general sense object code is a sequence of statements or instructions in a computer language, usually a machine code language (i.e., 1's and 0's) or an intermediate language such as RTL.
In order to be used, object code must either be placed in an executable file, a library file, or an object file. Object files can in turn be linked to form executable file or library file.
- "Compiler". TechTarget. Retrieved 1 September 2011. "Traditionally, the output of the compilation has been called object code or sometimes an object module."
- Aho, Alfred V.; Sethi, Ravi; Ullman, Jeffrey D. (1986). "10 Code Optimization". Compilers: principles, techniques, and tools. Computer Science. Mark S. Dalton. p. 704. ISBN 0-201-10194-7.