What Is A Source Code?

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Source Code Defined

A source code is a fundamental component of a computer program that is created by a programmer. It is the list of human-readable instructions that a programmer writes, in a word processing program, when developing a program.

The source code is originally written to be readable by humans. Once written, the code will be run through a compiler to turn it into machine code, also known as object code, that a computer can understand and execute. Object code consists primarily of  1’s and 0’s and is not human-readable.

Programming languages that compile their code include C, C++, Delphi, Swift, Pascal, Haskell, and Fortran.

Benefits of source include:

  • Providing the foundation for software creation.
  • Allowing skilled users to access to the source code  more easily to allow for customization of software installations.
  • Allowing other developers to use the source code to create similar programs for other operating platforms.
  • Allowing programmers to contribute to their community, either through sharing code for learning purposes or by recycling portions of it for other applications.

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