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 were the first compilers made?

I always wonder this, and perhaps I need a good history lesson on programming languages. But since most compilers nowadays are made in C, how were the very first compilers made (AKA before C) or were ...
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Why is JavaScript not used for classical application development (compiled software)? [closed]

During my years of web development with JavaScript, I come to the conclusion that it's an incredible powerful language, and you can do amazing things with it. It offers a rich set of features, like: ...
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What can multiple threads do that a single thread cannot? [closed]

While threads can speed up execution of code, are they actually needed? Can every piece of code be done using a single thread or is there something that exists that can only be accomplished by using ...
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What came first, the compiler, or the source?

I'm curious about the birth of the compiler. How did programming begin? Did people first build hardware that recognized a certain set of commands, or did people define a language and then build ...
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Managed Languages vs Compiled Language difference?

I get confused when people try to make a distinction between compiled languages and managed languages. From experience, I understand that most consider compiled languages to be C,C++ while managed ...
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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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The need for source control software - Team Foundation Server? or something different? [closed]

Recently, Here at the company, more than one programmer was appointed in charge for a LightSwitch(C#) software development project and immediately there was a need of some sort of source ...
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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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What programming language generates fewest hard-to-find bugs? [closed]

What language, in your opinion, allows the average programmer to output features with the least amount of hard-to-find bugs? This is of course, a very broad question, and I'm interested in very broad ...
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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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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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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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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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What language is most similar to JavaScript? [closed]

I am looking for a language that has First class functions is dynamic has prototypical inheritance does not have too many features (i.e is easy to get into and write first program). I have been ...
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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 syntax really matter in a programming language? [closed]

One of my professors says "the syntax is the UI of a programming language", languages like Ruby have great readability and it's growing, but we see a lot of programmers productive with C\C++, so as ...
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What programming languages exist for mechatronics purposes?

Is there any specific language which is designed for mechatronics programming? I know about LabView, which is a data flow language, but not sure about its main platform. Could you recommend to me, ...
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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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Using uniqueness types to implement safe parallelism

I've been interested in uniqueness types as an alternative to monads in pure functional languages for some time; unfortunately, this is kind of an esoteric area of CS research and online resources ...
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Is it possible to combine programming languages?

I've been programming for a while, I've written some rudimentary programs, and I want to keep learning. I've reached that point where you just don't know what to learn next, and I'd like to ask a ...
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Why dynamically typed languages do not let the developer specify the type?

The dynamically typed languages I know never let the developers specify the types of variables, or at least have a very limited support for that. JavaScript, for example, doesn't provide any ...
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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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Which programming language first introduced 'Hello World'

Which programming language first introduced 'Hello World' as a first program to code for beginners?
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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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Why do C# and Java use reference equality as the default for '=='?

I've been pondering for a while why Java and C# (and I'm sure other languages) default to reference equality for ==. In the programming I do (which certainly is only a small subset of programming ...
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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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how a pure functional programming language manage without assignment statements?

When reading the famous SICP, I found the authors seem rather reluctant to introduce the assignment statement to Scheme in Chapter 3. I read the text and kind of understand why they feel so. As ...
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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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The “blub paradox” and c++

I was reading the article here: http://www.paulgraham.com/avg.html and the part about the "blub paradox" was particularly interesting. As someone who mainly codes in c++ but has exposure to other ...
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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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How is C++ in QT different from the standard C++ libraries?

I want my app to be able to manipulate images and create watermarks and also needs to run on both windows and mac. Hence I've been investigating QT. Does QT ship with all the libraries I will need to ...
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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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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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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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Can RMI or CORBA operate over IP? [closed]

Question: Can RMI or CORBA operate over IP? I don't think RMI can - does it not operate over IIOP?
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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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What is the most orthogonal programming language? [closed]

I find myself repeatedly annoyed by having to teach freshmen about special language rules (like array-to-pointer decay) that have absolutely nothing to do with programming in itself. So I wondered: ...
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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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Choosing a Programming Language Systematically [closed]

I am looking for a methodology for choosing a language. I am not asking for opinions about languages. I have been tasked with the process of comparing our shop's current language with others that are ...
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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 ...
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How risky is it to use Coffeescript without knowing Javascript? [closed]

I'm a reasonably experienced programmer trying to learn web developement. I'm trying to develop a client-side web application which uses svg or canvas for graphics. I've decided I'd like to write ...
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difference between generics and interfaces [duplicate]

Are there any advantages of using generic type constraints over an interface? For example: T whatever<T>() where T is IInterface; vs IInterface whatever(); My guess is it's just a ...
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Different Implemenations of Tail Call Optimisation

I've heard some people in my university discuss the tail call optimisation in ML as if it were a special version tail call optimisation. Does the ML (SML/F#) implementations of tco in these languages ...
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Are there any OO languages without inheritance?

During a code review today, a colleague of mine said something interesting: prototype is only useful when you need inheritance - and when's inheritance ever a good idea? I thought about this and ...
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Why are objects instantiated this way?

Some times I see an object instantiated this way. ICustomer oCustomer = new Customer Obvious but the Customer class is implementing ICustomer interface in this example. Are there any advantages of ...
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Why is SQL known as a relation-based / functional language?

We're learning that most languages are classified as either of the two, "relation based" or "high level". I've never used SQL before, but from reading its syntax it seems more like the ...
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Is higher-rank parametric polymorphism useful?

I'm pretty sure everyone is familiar with generic methods of the form: T DoSomething<T>(T item) This function is also called parametrically polymorphic (PP), specifically rank-1 PP. Let's ...