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What Is A Programming Language?

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A programming language is a language much like English but a bit strict used to convey instructions to a computer. If a calculator is a computer, then mathematical notation is the programming language used to convey instructions to the calculator.

Several programming languages exist today, and each language has its own structure/format/syntax [→] that the programmer needs to be aware of to communicate with the computing device.

Use Cases and Examples

Some examples of programming languages and their specific use cases are:

  • Python is a well-known programming language widely used in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • HTML5, PHP, and Javascript are popular web-programming languages.
  • SQL is used for working with databases [→].


In other to convert this written language to instructions you will typically use either a compiler [→] or an interpreter [→].

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