Translator (computing)

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A translator or programming language processor is a computer program for specifying a program in one programming language (the target language) that is functionally equivalent to that (a translation of another) in a different language (the source language). This is without losing the functional or logical structure of the original program.[1] 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. 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.

Examples of widely used types of computer languages translators include interpreters, compilers and decompilers, and assemblers and disassemblers.[2]


  1. ^ "COMS W4115: Programming Languages and Translators". December 24, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Introduction to Programming using Python, Chapter 5. Program execution, Section 5.2. Interpreter and Compiler". February 4, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2015.

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