Translator (computing)

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A translator or programming language processor is a computer program that converts the programming instructions written in human convenient form into machine language codes that the computers understand and process. It is a generic term that can refer to a compiler, assembler, or interpreter—anything that converts code from one computer language into another.[1][2] These include translations between high-level and human-readable computer languages such as C++ and Java, intermediate-level languages such as Java bytecode, low-level languages such as the assembly language and machine code, and between similar levels of language on different computing platforms, as well as from any of these to any other of these.[1] The term is also used for translators between software implementations and hardware/ASIC microchip implementations of the same program, and from software descriptions of a microchip to the logic gates needed to build it.[citation needed]

Examples of widely used types of computer language translators include interpreters, compilers and decompilers, assemblers and disassemblers.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Thornton, Scott (2017-02-17). "What are compilers, translators, interpreters, and assemblers?". MicrocontrollerTips. Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  2. ^ "Translators And Utilities For Program Development". Software Handbook (PDF). Intel Corporation. 1984 [1983]. p. 3-1. 230786-001. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-01-29. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  3. ^ Schuerer, Katja; Letondal, Catherine; Deveaud, Eric (2008-02-04) [2003-01-06]. "Chapter 5. Program execution, Section 5.2. Interpreter and Compiler". Introduction to Programming using Python - Programming Course for Biologists at the Pasteur Institute. Pasteur Institute. pp. 37–40. Archived from the original on 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2015-01-07. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help) [1]

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