Unformatted text preview: Programming language A set of rules, symbols, and special words used to construct a program— that is, to express a sequence of instructions for a computer Program A sequence of instructions written to perform a specified task Syntax The formal rules governing the construction of valid instructions Semantics The set of rules that gives the meaning of instructions in a language Summary 179 Programming Languages We have used the expression “a language that a computer can execute” several times. Let’s be more precise. We know from our discussion of the von Neumann machine that the CPU takes instructions one at a time and executes them. The instructions that a computer can execute directly are those that are built into the hardware. However, instructions written in a programming language can be translated into the instructions that a computer can execute directly. A programming language is an artificial language, made up of symbols, special words, and a set of rules, used to construct a...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2011 for the course CSE 1550 taught by Professor Marianakant during the Fall '10 term at York University.
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