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Purpose of Computer Languages

Amazingly, everything that happens within a computer is a result of tens of thousands of tiny on and off switches.

  • The color of every dot on your screen is a result of the

processor determining what color should be there …

  • Copying text to the Windows clipboard ...

  • Opening a music file and listening to it ...

Tens of thousands of little switches have to turn on and off to route information to memory, to send signals to the video card or sound card, or to retrieve every bit of data from the hard drive. Fortunately, you don't have to code in 1's and 0’s or rather, ON’s and OFF’s.

A computer programming language provides a more human- friendly means of communication with the computer. In some cases, while not exactly English-like, the syntax of a programming language is still a marked improvement over speaking to a computer in its native language!

The job of the computer programmer is to feed instructions to the computer using a computer language.

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