Compilers: How Do You Get Computers To Switch Languages?

There are two major ways languages can be expressed:

  • Compilers are a one-time translation of high-level code into assembly code. They’re typically time-intensive at the beginning, then run quickly afterward.
  • Interpreters run the translation every time the code executes, meaning the software takes a longer time but doesn’t require any preliminary installation.

Each language’s design will determine whether the code is compiled or interpreted after it has been created.

  • Compiled languages include C, C++, and Objective-C.
  • Interpreted languages include PHP and JavaScript.
  • Some languages use a combination of compilation and interpretation, such as Java, C#, and Python.