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Compiler

Com`pil´er   Pronunciation: kǒm`pīl´ẽr
n.1.One who compiles; esp., one who makes books by compilation.
2.(Computers) a computer program that decodes instructions written in a higher-level computer language to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.
Noun1.compiler - a person who compiles (or writes for) encyclopedias
2.compiler - (computer science) a program that decodes instructions written in a higher order language and produces an assembly language program
(programming, tool)compiler - A program that converts another program from some source language (or programming language) to machine language (object code). Some compilers output assembly language which is then converted to machine language by a separate assembler.

A compiler is distinguished from an assembler by the fact that each input statement does not, in general, correspond to a single machine instruction or fixed sequence of instructions. A compiler may support such features as automatic allocation of variables, arbitrary arithmetic expressions, control structures such as FOR and WHILE loops, variable scope, input/ouput operations, higher-order functions and portability of source code.

AUTOCODER, written in 1952, was possibly the first primitive compiler. Laning and Zierler's compiler, written in 1953-1954, was possibly the first true working algebraic compiler.

See also byte-code compiler, native compiler, optimising compiler.
author, compile, compose, encyclopaedist, encyclopedist, writer
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