general-purpose language

general-purpose language

[′jen·rəl ¦pər·pəs ′laŋ·gwij]
(computer science)
A computer programming language whose use is not restricted to a particular type of computer or a specialized application.

general-purpose language

A programming language used to solve a wide variety of problems. All common programming languages (C, C++, Java, COBOL, etc.) are examples. Contrast with special-purpose language.
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The UML, one of the most used languages to specify and document informatics applications, is a general-purpose language, reason why it is possible to use it to specify different systems and application domains (business world, aeronautical and academic issues, etc.
However, UML is a general-purpose language, so it often lacks of elements to model and represent concrete concepts of specifics domains.
Engineers typically recapture their design using a graphical modeling environment or a general-purpose language, such as C/C++ or VHDL/Verilog.
As reported by Emshoff and Sisson (Shannon 1975), important features of a special-purpose simulation language versus a general-purpose language are that the special-purpose simulation language needs to be able to: 1) create random numbers; 2) create random variables; 3) advance time, either by one unit or to the next event; 4) record data for output; 5) perform statistical analyses on recorded data; 6) arrange outputs in specified formats; and, 7) detect and report logical inconsistencies and other error conditions.
General-purpose languages such as BASIC, FORTRAN, and C are designed to solve a broad class of problems, not just simulations (Shannon 1975, Harrell et al.
That said, no one has yet invented a general-purpose language that makes mistakes impossible, and the actual design of C# and the .
The conference focuses on specialized languages such as VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, SystemC, SUPERLOG, e and VERA, as well as general-purpose languages such as C and C++.
The focus of the conference is on specialized languages such as VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, SystemC, SUPERLOG, e and VERA, as well as general-purpose languages such as C, and C++.
The modularity of LLVM makes it easy for language and library designers to add support for GPU acceleration to a wide range of general-purpose languages like Python, as well as to domain-specific programming languages.
SQL, the universal language of databases, looks simple and is often used by developers as if it is, but in fact its relatively few but very powerful commands and the necessity of it being invoked by general-purpose languages such as C++, Java, Python and Perl make it a sophisticated tool that can solve difficult problems with a single statement.
General-purpose languages, such as C and C++, provide universal programming environments, but lack the core math and graphics, interactivity, and rapid development tools offered in MATLAB.

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