special-purpose language

special-purpose language

[′spesh·əl ¦pər·pəs ′laŋ·gwij]
(computer science)
A programming language designed to solve a particular type of problem.

special-purpose language

A programming language designed to solve a specific class of problems. For example, LISP and Prolog are designed for and used extensively in AI applications. Even more specific are languages such as COGO, for civil engineering problems, and APT for directing machine tools. Contrast with general-purpose language.
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Structured query language (SQL) is a special-purpose language designed to interact with relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as Oracle or DB2.
Previously, streaming processing was only possible using low-level custom programming or special-purpose languages.