Elementary Programming Principles

Computer Programming and Description of Terms

By the end of the lesson you should be able to: Define programming Define programming language Describe terms used in programming

Programming refers to the process of developing computer instructions to solve a particular problem

Programming language refers to a special set of symbols that can be translated into machine-readable form by the computer when arranged in a particular sequence or order

Source program: a program that is not yet translated into machine-readable form

Object code - refers to a program that in machine-readable form i.e 1's and 0's

Translators: refer to language processors that convert the source program into object code

Assembler: translates assembly language that the computer can understand and execute.

Interpreter: translate source code line-by-line to object code

Compiler: translates the entire source to object code