Artificial languages for instructing computers to do steps of computation in order to complete tasks. They allow programmers to communicate with computers.

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How are scripting languages compiled?

I know the term "scripting languages" is just a subset of programming languages, but I want to refer to programming languages such as Python and Ruby among others. First of all, why don't we need a ...
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Why do we need a seed in Random Number Generators?

I want to know how Random number generator(RNG) works in any PL(Programming language). I know the random methods has short periods. i.e they start repeating the values after specific number of time. ...
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Implementing incremental builds [closed]

I'm working on a toy language. Until now, multiple files have been compiled by merging the ASTs of each file and then running the semantic analysis and code generation phase on the merged AST. Now ...
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Can there be value types in dynamic languages? [closed]

A value type is one whose instances are themselves saved in variables. A reference type is a type whose instances are saved somewhere and variables only hold the addresses of the instances. Some ...
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Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?

I've recently been using some build tools for a Nodejs project at work when I realized that most languages' main build tool/system use a different language than the underlying programming language ...
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Why not expose activation records as data types? [closed]

Scoped languages tend to store the local variables of a given scope or function together in a data structure known as an activation record. Stack frames are examples of instances of activation ...
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What does weak static typing/strong dynamic typing mean?

For most of my career, I've been working with strong static typed languaged such as Java. For this reason, probably I've mixed up these two typing dimension (strongness and staticness). I came upon ...
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Functional programming, compared to the process of a computer [duplicate]

In functional programming, it is considered bad practice (at least from my observations) to use state changes. Since computers operate in an imperative-language-like matter (performing one operation ...
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How are complex programs made? [duplicate]

I know a few languages, and can program in them. How do multiple languages blend together in a single program? For ex. https://github.com/facebook/watchman. This uses C, PHP, Python, Javascript, etc. ...
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When is an object passed to a function?

Trying to clearly state the semantics of a function call. In calling a function, are the arguments passed to the function the ones the calling code initially gives or the ones the function ...
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Why do arrays in .Net have Length but other collection types have Count? [closed]

In C# for example, arrays have Length property. But other collection types like lists, etc. have Count property. Is there a reason why these two are different? If so I would like to know.
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In what programming language did the use of the percent sign (%) to mean modulo/remainder originate?

In what programming language did the use of the percent sign (%) to mean modulo/remainder originate? This previous post1 explains that the symbol % was likely chosen because it includes a slash, ...
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Why are scriptlets considered bad practice in JSPs when much more popular languages such as PHP seem not have any problem with them? [duplicate]

Why is doing <% if(blahblah) { //do something } %> in a JSP considered to be bad practice when noone who writes PHP seems to have any problem with doing essentially the ...
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Are string characters assigned a numerical value in context of how they are assigned in a programming language?

For context I am fairly new to programming after returning back to it after programming a number of years ago... I was reading Bjarne's intro programming with C++ and was wondering if alphabetical ...
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Incorporating functions into a Shunting-Yard algorithm implementation

tl;dr What would be a simple way of incorporating functions into a Shunting-Yard algorithm implementation? If only expressions like function(arg1, arg2, arg3) were allowed (where function is some ...
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Are private members useful anymore? [duplicate]

Watchpoints and data break points make it possible to watch the changes of a value in memory in many languages. Much of the justification I have seen for getters and setters and private variables ...
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Clean Abstract Syntax Tree

I'm writing a toy compiler for fun. Basically, my problem is that I don't want to clutter the AST with stuff like debug information (symbol tokens, locations of tokens, etc) as well as data that the ...
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Synchronizing webpage and local pdf

I would like to solve the following problem. On my website, I have a list of my publications. I also have my list of publications on a latex file of my cv. The issue is that I update these manually, ...
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What is ¬ called and what is it for? [closed]

Googling this question has proved somewhat useless, so the ¬ symbol: What is it for? What is is called? Is it used in any programming languages?
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Why are datatypes different in terms of bit size based on complier, and OS used

I was reading a tutorial on C++ as I am new to programming, and I was wondering why the sizeof operator gives different output depending on what you're programming with.
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Short Circuit Execution [closed]

Modify the car painting example car.color = favoriteColor ||"black"; so that the car is painted with your favorite color if you have one; otherwise it is painted with the the color of your garage: ...
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Is there any programming language(s) which has mathematical number types? [closed]

I may not have worded the title correctly. Is there any programming language(s) which deals with natural mathematical number types rather than the typical data types we see like Int32, Int64, Float, ...
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Do objects in OOP have to represent an entity?

Does an object have to represent an entity? By an entity I mean something like a Product, Motor, a ParkingLot etc, a physical, or a conceptual object, something that is well defined, with some core ...
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Bad practice - switch case to set environment

In the last three years that I have worked as developer, I have seen a lot of examples where people use a switch statement to set the path (both in back-end and front-end) for a URL. Below is an ...
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execute selection in console in C++ like python or R language [closed]

I am started to learn C++ using as IDLE Clion of jetbrain company. Normally using the IDLE of Python (i.e., Pycharm of Jetbrain) or R project i am able to execute selection in console line-by-line my ...
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Looking for a specific programming paradigm [closed]

I am searching for programming languages with a certain paradigm, or the name of the paradigm which works like follows: You start with writing the source code of a program or something more like a ...
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Limitations of modern programming languages for low-level network programming [closed]

For say a network packet sniffer, are there any of the more modern high level languages such as C# or Java, that would actually be unsuitable or limiting when it would come to constructing a packet ...
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Should I use a source-to-source or a traditional compiler in order to develop my own Programming Language?

I'm really interested in writing my own general-purpose high-level programming language, but I'm somewhat confused. I know that Python and Ruby were written in C, which makes me wonder that if I want ...
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Functional Programming - Functions defining specific evaluation of functions passed to it for optimization

Firstmost, I am just getting started with functional programming so I would appreciate corrections in any terminology I may have used incorrectly. Story time, While doing a Project Euler Problem 1 in ...
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Why can't there be any implicit conversions?

As I understand it, implicit conversions can cause errors. But that doesn't make sense -- shouldn't normal conversions also cause errors, then? Why not have len(100) work by the language ...
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Interactive help in a statically-typed language with overloading

One of the nice features of IPython is that I can inspect a function. In [1]: def inc(x): ...: """Increments a number""" ...: return x+1 ...: In [2]: inc? Type: function ...
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SPARC and Assembly [closed]

I'm currently self teaching myself programming and became familiar with Python, Java and C and I'm confused as to what are the differences between Assembly and SPARC Assembly and whether or not I ...
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Does a Completely Full-Featured Intermediate Language Exist?

Often when translating between languages (whether with program translation or compiling) it's a one-way, destructive translation. The functionality of the "port" isn't lost, but some of the intent ...
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Is it bad to implement a language in other two languages? [closed]

Ok, so I have some understanding about parsers and compilers, at least the basics of how it works, and i've written a calculator and a really small toy language that compiles to another high-level ...
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What aspects of Haskell led to its rise in popularity among experts?

20 years ago, the Functional Programming world was all about Lisp and Scheme. When I went to college in 2001, my Fall Semester Freshman CS 101 course was taught in OCaml. However, these days the ...
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Pre-Processors vs Pure Web [closed]

It seems like within the last few years or so HTML/CSS/JavaScript Preprocessors have exploded in quantity and general use. They're still not as common as pure HTML, CSS, and JS/jQuery, but their ...
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Why does C provide language 'bindings' where C++ falls short?

I recently was wondering when to use C over C++, and vice versa? Fortunately someone already beat me to it and although it took a while, I was able to digest all the answers and comments to that ...
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Crawler - programming language choice [closed]

I'm currently developing a web crawler. The first version was developed in Node.js and runs pretty well. The issues that I encountered with Node.js are in no particular order: slow URL and ...
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What is the minimum practical definition for the Scheme language?

What is the smallest practical set of primitives that can be used to define the Scheme language? For example, map can be defined as (define (map proc lis) (cond ((null? lis) '()) ...
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Question about switch-case statement [closed]

What happens, and does code work properly if we write switch-case structure like this, why its not good to write code like this? I'm porting some firmware and have switch-case statement interrupted ...
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Equivalent translation of Asynchronous behaviour in C

As a follow-up to my other question, if one were to build a general-purpose translator from a language that has support (be it with an external library or otherwise) for asynchronous behaviour to a ...
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Passing context around AST nodes

I have various objects inside my AST, such as IfBlock, FunctionBlock, LogicExpression, etc. All of those objects share a context, which is basically a hashmap with some variables. It's a very simple ...
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Writing a parser on top of an XML-based AST: am i doing it right?

I have a sort of AST defined in XML that i'm trying to parse and evaluate. The XML tree contains the tokens and all the information i need. However, i'm finding it difficult to do it "properly". ...
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Is String processing more complex than number processing in programming languages?

I feel that string processing is always more complex than Numbers or mathematical processing. Are our programming languages are designed this way that mathematical operations are pretty much straight ...
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Advantages of having numeric data types as classes rather than primitives [closed]

I was wondering about why some languages choose to implement numeric types (boolean, integers, floats, characters etc.) as classes/objects (eg. Kotlin) and some as primitive types (eg. Java). I am ...
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Explanation of how server-side programming languages are accessed

It is my understanding that any general-purpose programming language can be used for server-side development of a website. Am I right in thinking that a server just needs some kind of interface such ...
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Why was the AT&T assembly syntax designed this way?

The AT&T assembly syntax, often called the GAS syntax, keeps surprising me. For example, its parameter order: mov $100,%eax /* Destination after source */ This just seems so counter-intuitive! ...
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What is VLA and how it is implemented?

Most languages does support variable length arrays on the heap but I've heard that those can be stored on the stack too. I'm curios what languages support this construct, some examples and how are ...
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Pass by value result with exceptions [closed]

I have a doubt with the pass-by-value-result method. As far as I understood, it passess the value of the parameter to the function, and then get the result as the function ends. But what happens with ...
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Why does Java (and other langs too) have seemingly redundant functions like “str.startsWith(String str, int fromOffset)”?

I was wondering why Java and other programming languages implement (seemingly) redundant functions such as: "foobar".startsWith("bar", 3); // same as "foobar".substring(3).startsWith("bar"); // or ...