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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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 ...
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Documentation Generation - FiM++

This is a question I originally asked on Stack Overflow, but as a conceptual design question as opposed to a technical issue, I believe it may be more appropriate, or possibly have alternate parallel ...
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Is there a correlation between the scale of the project and the strictness of the language?

Explaining the difference between strictness of languages and paradigms to a colleague of mine, I ended up asserting that: Tolerant languages, such as dynamic and interpreted languages, are used ...
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Why is C still in the category of High Level Language? [closed]

Many of the textbooks on the C programming language tell that C is a high-level programming language, but many of the tutors online say that C is also a middle-level programming language. Why is it ...
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Managing scaffolding for debug vs production builds

The more I program the more I realize that most of my time is spent writing scaffolding for programs so that I can debug them and then strip away the scaffolding for production. The problem is that ...
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How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? [closed]

The lowest levels of a programming language's library functions are always obscure and often have no code that looks like it even remotely does anything. Some languages have these functions like ...
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Why do you need higher kinds?

Some languages allow for classes and functions with type parameters (such as List<T> where T may be an arbitrary type). For example, you can have a function like: List<S> Function<S, ...
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Why is there no Swap command? [closed]

In many programming languages, I see programmers always struggle to swap 2 variabeles. Most of the time it costs 3 copies and a temporary variabele to accomplish it. Why do programming language dont ...
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Why did programming languages start using = for assignment?

In most early algorithms books, <- referred to assignment and = referred to comparison. But nowadays the only languages that don't use = for assignment are Pascal (:=) and toy languages like COOL. ...
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How to process large files in NetLogo?

I am running into problems in NetLogo with large *.csv / *.txt files. The documents can consist of about 1 million data sets and I need to read them (to eventually create a diagram based on the ...
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comparison of computer processing language vs protocol

how can explain the diference between programming languge and protocol?, can protocol have extension? we know that machines communicate with protocol, but they can also do so with expressive ...
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Differences between Instruction set (architecture) and machine language?

Tanenbaum's Structured Computer Organization says: Every computer has an ISA (Instruction Set Architecture), which is a set of registers, instructions, and other features visible to its ...
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Are there any good use-cases for variable variables?

Today I encountered this little PHP gem called variable variables. $literal = "Hello"; $vv = "literal"; echo $$vv; // => prints "Hello" Are there actually any real use-cases for this language ...
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Is there any plan to take out “features” from next versions of javascript? [closed]

I'm looking to learn javascript (now for real) and I've had a look on the latest version of ES6 which is supposed to be frozen in terms of features set. It seems to be the pretty much same as ES5 ...
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Is every language written in C?

Sometimes while programming in different languages (C/C++, C#), this thought comes to my mind: Is each and every language written in the C programming language? Is the C language the mother/father ...
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If I want write a programming language, what I have to know? [closed]

I think about to take this course on coursera: https://www.coursera.org/course/compilers What knowledge I absolutely have to have in order to succeeded in this class? In particularly I'd like to ...
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How are declarative languages executed by a computer?

I'm getting introduced to declarative languages and am beginning to love them. In particular Haskell, a functional language, is very expressive, easy to debug. But my question has to do with ...
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Embedding extremely basic scripts in application

I need to program a C++ application which will basically work as a script interpreter, but with extremely basic and limited scripts. The scripts will have a format like this: processedA = ...
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Declarative programming vs. Imperative programming

I feel very comfortable with Imperative programming. I never have trouble expressing algorithmically what I want the computer to do once I figured out what is it that I want it to do. But when it ...
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Why are language features more popular than compiler design? [closed]

If we had a universal interpreter for all available features of programming languages we could use a specializer to generate compilers for all languages. We could simply use any language as source (or ...
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Is a programming language a set of programs or a set of instructions?

From Structured Computer Organization by Tanenbum A program is a sequence of instructions describing how to perform a certain task. When trying to see a programming language as a formal ...
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Say I wanted to create a cross platform program that does not require a runtime/VM, am I stuck with C/C++? [closed]

Let's say that I'm a theoretical programmer hunting for a cross platform programming language, what are my options. This language must satisfy this list of requirements: It must not require the user ...
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why are the evaluation strategies call-by-value etc. only discussed in the context of function calling?

I am referring to various discussions on the differences and nuances in the semantics of pass-by-value, pass-by-reference, e.g. in SO or in the Wikipedia article on the subject. My question is why do ...
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Should naming conventions be consistent or not across multiple programming languages in one project? [duplicate]

I saw this question on SO: here; the question is kind of old and not many viewed, so I want to ask it again. I currently work on a project using C++, C# and Actionscript-3, the conventions of C++ and ...
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When would dynamic scoping be useful?

With dynamic scoping, a callee can access the variables of its caller. Pseudo C code: void foo() { print(x); } void bar() { int x = 42; foo(); } Since I have never programmed in a ...
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Is prototypal inheritance inherently slower?

I see Javascript 6 will add traditional class based inheritance, and one argument I hear is that classes are inherently much faster than prototypes because they can be optimized away by the compiler ...
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Learning Multiple Languages Simultaneously [closed]

When learning new languages, is it better to commit yourself to one language 100% and wait until you've "mastered" it to move on to another, or to work on learning different languages at the same ...
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What is the difference between Optionals and Nullable type

Swift has Optionals. C# has Nullable types. As far as I can tell both serve same purpose, besides value of some type they store information whether variable has value or is undefined ...
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Why would many duck-typed dynamic programming languages use a class-based approach instead of prototype-based OOP?

Since quite many dynamic programming languages have the feature of duck typing, and they can also open up and modify class or instance methods at anytime (like Ruby and Python), then… Question 1) ...
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Is Learning C++ Through The Qt Framework Really Learning C++ [closed]

The problem I have, is that most of the C++ books I read spend almost forever on syntax and the basics of the language, e.g. for and loops while, arrays, lists, pointers, etc. But they never seem to ...
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Software development - The industry & general trends / Bad practices [duplicate]

I am a Web Developer and part of a small team working on an abundance of projects. This is my first "actual" real company after graduating with a degree in computer Science and I have about 2 years ...