The DICT Development Group
1 definition found
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
A program that converts another program
from some source language (or programming language) to
machine language (object code). Some compilers output
assembly language which is then converted to machine
language by a separate assembler.
A compiler is distinguished from an assembler by the fact that
each input statement does not, in general, correspond to a
single machine instruction or fixed sequence of instructions.
A compiler may support such features as automatic allocation
of variables, arbitrary arithmetic expressions, control
structures such as FOR and WHILE loops, variable scope,
input/ouput operations, higher-order functions and
portability of source code.
AUTOCODER, written in 1952, was possibly the first primitive
compiler. Laning and Zierler's compiler, written in
1953-1954, was possibly the first true working algebraic
See also byte-code compiler, native compiler, optimising
Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org Specification=RFC 2229