Interpretation of Programming Languages

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Interpretation of Programming Languages

 

one of the methods for implementing programming languages on computers. In interpretation, to each elementary operation in the language there corresponds its own program that performs the operation, and the whole process of solving the problem is a simulation on the computer of the corresponding algorithm written in this language. The speed of problem solution is usually significantly lower under interpretation than under other methods, but interpretation is easier to implement on a computer and in many cases is the only suitable method (for example, simulating the operation of one computer on another).

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