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object code

[′äb‚jekt ‚kōd]
(computer science)
The statements generated from source code by a compiler, constituting an intermediate step in the translation of source code into executable machine language.

object code

The machine code generated by a source code language processor such as an assembler or compiler. A file of object code may be immediately executable or it may require linking with other object code files, e.g. libraries, to produce a complete executable program.

object code

The machine language representation of programming source code. A compiler (software) converts the source code into object code and links it to other object code modules (libraries) to become an executable program. Object code is an old term that has no relationship to object technology which came after it. See executable code, linker, machine language and object-oriented programming.
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As such systems are upgraded, they must comply with the latest certification requirements, which include in-depth analysis such as Object Code Verification.
Object code consists of "the pure instructional data that is created to run directly on a computer's processor." (59) It is often referred to as assembly code.
Reverse engineering is the process of transforming a computer program from its object code form into a form intelligible by humans so that engineers can study its underlying elements.
And each time a new type of interaction is developed, the object code developed can then be used in other applications.
The question then arises as to how to make sure that the object code is really a nontampered output of a correct compiler.
Once you have acquired a customer diskette of the suspect program, your technician can print out the object code. A number of law review articles have suggested that the code is useless in source-code litigation because programmers can't read it.
Despite the obviously technical nature of computer programs, copyright law now protects software as a form of literary work.(16) This decision in large part is due to a detailed study made for Congress by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), which proposed copyright as a solution to the many problems of protecting software.(17) Copyright protection has been upheld for all different forms of software,(18) regardless of how they are stored(19) or whether they are written in object code or source code.(20) Computer programs do bear a number of similarities to more traditional literary works: they are written, they are easily duplicated,(21) and they are the product of creative, intellectual labor.
Security and encryption modules are also supplied with 100 percent source and object code coverage testing and full MC-DC analysis to deliver the highest level of reliability.
The court, however, wasn't buying SAS's argument that WPL copied its manuals and components, and ruled that EU law issues copyright protection to the source code and object code of computer programs, but not for the ideas or principles beneath the software.
It doesn't give you a list of every executed instruction, but by using your object code software tools you can reconstruct what occurred between the samples."