According to Wikipedia, Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics.

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Differences between Dynamic Dispatch and Dynamic Binding

I've been looking on Google for a clear diffrentiation with examples but couldn't find any. I'm trying to understand the differences between Dynamic Dispatch and Dynamic Binding in Object Oriented ...
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What is the best source/online tool/compiler to start kids on programming? [on hold]

I want to introduce some 13 yr old to programming ... and obviously I don't want him to start with C programming of Deitel&Deitel and TurboC!.. What is the best source/online ...
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Is there a real advantage to dynamic languages? [on hold]

First I want to say Java is the only language I ever used, so please excuse my ignorance on this subject. Dynamically typed languages allow you to put any value in any variable. So for example you ...
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How can we make a certain thing inbuilt in c language with our own header file?

I want to make the basic trigonometric functions in maths inbuilt functions using my own header file . so as the users can do trigonometry in c language compilers.
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Why does C# have much more features than Java? [closed]

Please note that this isn't meant to be a Java vs. C# argument. I'm a Java programmer with no C# experience, asking just out of curiosity. I did some reading on C#, and it seems it has much more ...
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Program coded in .Net

What does it generally mean when a programmer says his program/application was "coded in .Net"? When I think of .Net I think of C# and Visual Basic. I don't usually think of any other language on ...
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Are there any programming languages that follow a minimalist development approach?

I find it that when languages are considered the same as commercial software, there is always a constant need to add new features to justify new releases. Can there be or are there languages where ...
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Surviving MATLAB and R as a Hardcore Programmer

I love programming in languages that seem geared towards hardcore programmers. (My favorites are Python and D.) MATLAB is geared towards engineers and R is geared towards statisticians, and it seems ...
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Case insensitive keywords in a language [closed]

We're trying to write a custom scripting language. There has been a suggestion to make the language forgiving by providing case insensitive keywords. I personally do not like the idea, but there are ...
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Regular Expressions and Language Generators

I have few CS textbooks with me which discuss languages, well actually 2 plus old course notes supplied a few years ago. I have been searching the web too any only seem to come up with vague responses ...
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What is meant by 4 GL?

I came across the term 4GL(generation language) in reading about Oracle ADF Busniess components . I want to know what exactly is 4GL ? This is the actual quote from the book Oracle Fusion Guide: ...
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What exactly is Virtual Machine Bytecode? [closed]

I want to work on a very simple compiler for a very simple language. The compiler will compile the code to some basic bytecode. Later, a virtual machine program will run the bytecode, and execute the ...
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Why can't we program without compiling (using an IDE/debugger)? [closed]

I find it very interesting that even people who design a particular framework still have to rely on compiling to ensure the code is correct. I don't mean for 100s of lines of code, but 2-10 lines. I ...
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Gradual Typing: “Almost every language with a static type system also has a dynamic type system”

This claim by Aleks Bromfield states: Almost every language with a static type system also has a dynamic type system. Aside from C, I can't think of an exception Is this a valid claim? I ...
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Can you name some pattern matching languages for non-strings? [closed]

Regular expressions and are popular matching patterns in strings. What similar handy languages exist to match other data structures? I know XPath for XML trees, but I have not seen use of it for other ...
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Is learning different programming languages from different categories good? [closed]

I have read some posts regarding learning different programming languages or not. Most of the answers indicate that learning more than one programming language increase our horizon as a programmer and ...
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Advantage of Learning Lisp for a Python Programmer

I am primarily a Python, Java, C++ programmer, and I've gained a recent interest in functional language. I'm thinking of picking up a LISP dialect: Clojure. Now, I've been working through tutorials ...
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Is good Grammar a prerequisite for your development team?

I understand that this may be primarily opinion based, but I also think it is an interesting question and would like to hear others' viewpoints on the subject. I recently became the senior developer ...
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How to rate your understanding of a programming language? [duplicate]

Background: (may skip): I am currently in my second year at university studying Computer Science and applying for placement positions for a year of work. One application I have run into is asking me ...
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What constitutes a dead programming language? [closed]

Imagine you were elected coroner of IEEE or somesuch governing body and you had to pronounce a programming language as dead. What signs would you look for? Are there any zombie languages out there ...
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What is the best language to use for building a fulfillment engine [closed]

I asked this on stack overflow and was suggested to move it here. I do understand it is a matter of opinion which is exactly what I aim to achieve here... I wanted to know what you think is the best ...
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Is Free Pascal just an open source, multi-platform clone of Turbo Pascal & Delphi?

Does Free Pascal introduce any significant language features over Turbo Pascal & then Delphi, or does it just introduce the Turbo Pascal & Delphi flavors of Pascal to more platforms?
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How can I write a set of functions that can be invoked from (almost) any programming language?

I'd like to find a way to write an API that can be accessed from any other programming language via language bindings (or some other framework). Is it possible to do this? If so, which programming ...
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Translating variables into english [closed]

I have recently came across some code where the variable names are in french, I could not use google translate because only part of the code needs translated, and it would not be that practical to ...
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Why do old C-style method names continue being used in modern languages?

I understand that in the earlier days of computing, shorter method names like printf made sense, because storage was limited. But why do modern languages like Python and Go still use the less readable ...
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Not sure how to study Web programming [closed]

Hello everyone and thank you for your time :) So I'm a 17 portuguese boy and I'm thinking about starting a website, but because I don't have much money I decided I'd need to learn how to do it ...
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Would learning any natural language in particular further your programming career?

It seems apparent that English is the dominant international language for programming based on previous P.SE questions (though a highly upvoted comment correctly points out that asking a question like ...
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Is sticking to one language on a particular project a good practice?

I'm developing a pipeline for processing text that will go into production. The question I keep asking myself is: should I stick to one language for the project when I'm looking for a tool to do a ...
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How advanced are author-recognition methods?

From a written text by an author if a computer program analyses the text, how much can a computer program tell today about the author of some (long enough to be statistically significant) texts? Can ...
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Draw a checkerboard in Java

I'm reading through a programming book and am having trouble understanding a few parts of this code. The program draws a checkerboard, and colors the odd squares black. import acm.graphics.*; import ...
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Object Constraint Language (OCL) for Stack in java.util package

I have an exam coming up and I'm looking at past papers to get some ideas of what to expect. I'm a bit stuck on the following one and would really appreciate if someone could give some example ...
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Whatever happened to Pascal? [duplicate]

In reading this blog post about Photoshop 1.0 I was surprised to learn that it was written in Pascal (Object Pascal to be exact). But you never hear about Pascal anymore. Why is that?
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When people work in different countries and need to work together how to keep code in correct language

I'm a member of a small new team and with one of our latest builds I noted that, VS2010 code files don't contain language formatting. So for example when I write down a Euro symbol in my code or ...
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C language portability

How exactly is portability of a language like C is determined? I've learned that compilers are ISA specific. If this is true, how is C portable? Or is it that just the source code written in C is ...
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What non-theoretical, practical programming language has no reserved keywords?

I have been searching for a practical programming language that has no reserved keywords but I haven't had any luck finding one. I am working on a programming language for my own edification and ...
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How to speak to a computer [closed]

I am a self-taught, novice programmer. The language I chose was Objective-C, so that I can write Apple applications and software. I have learned the hard way that Objective-C has a steep learning ...
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Why are some languages (e.g Visual Basic) considered more enterprise ready than others (Python) [closed]

Reading about various techie sites, there is often a feeling that Microsoft Languages / Oracle etc. are considered "enterprise ready", while there seems to be more doubt about languages such as Python ...
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Language parsing to find important words

I'm looking for some input and theory on how to approach a lexical topic. Let's say I have a collection of strings, which may just be one sentence or potentially multiple sentences. I'd like to ...
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How to test a localized WPF application in visual studio 2012

I am trying to create a localized application in C# / WPF in Visual Studio 2012. For that I created two resource files and changed one string in a (XAML) window to use the resource files (instead of a ...
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Seeking documents on the philosophy of Google's Go? [duplicate]

Having asked a similar question here: What are Ruby's strengths? I continue my quest to understand the strengths and philosophy of languages by asking for a document on the awesomeness of Google's ...
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Non-english programming languages [closed]

Is there a definitive listing of programming languages which don't use English for the keywords and statements in the language code? For example, I know that Russians back in the Cold War were ...
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Java: “Heap pollution”

A "Heap Pollution" as in Non-Reifiable Types (The Java™ Tutorials > Learning the Java Language > Generics (Updated)) Why is it called that way?
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Is there any language specific comparison tool?

I have found most of the comparison tools compares just text. But sometimes it will be better to have a option for comparing files of a specific languages. The comparison can be made better if the two ...
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distribution of programming languages in embedded systems

I am looking for statistics concerning the distribution of programming languages in the embedded sector. Do you know any good websites, articles or books? I found this as a first reference but am ...
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Why do variables need a type?

So we write: Customer c = new Customer(); Why is the design not such that we write: c = new Customer(); c.CreditLimit = 1000; The compiler can work out c points to a Customer and allow ...
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Is it possible to call a Javascript function from C?

I'd like to find a way to call Javascript functions from C. Are there any language bindings available for this purpose? I'm trying to make a library of Javascript functions accessible from C. ...
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Programming Language Parser (in Java) - What would be a better design alternative for a special case?

Background I'm currently designing my own programming language as a research project. I have most of the grammar done and written down as context-free grammar, and it should be working as is. - Now ...
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Languages and frameworks to build REST services

I'm currently in the process of developing a REST service that will be consumed by an iPhone app. Basically, the service wraps existing business logic. This business logic is written in c# and I'm ...
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Go/Obj-C style interfaces with ability to extend compiled objects after initial release

I have a conceptual model for an object system which involves combining Go/Obj-C interfaces/protocols with being able to add virtual methods from any unit, not just the one which defines a class. The ...
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Class as first-class object

Could a class be a first-class object? If yes, how would the implementation look? I mean, how could syntax for dynamically creating new classes look like? EDIT: I mean what example syntax could ...