Chapter 22

Compare and Contrast Programming Language Categories

In this chapter, you learn about Objective 4.1, comparing and contrasting programming language concepts. You will learn about programming language categories such as interpreted (scripting, scripted, and markup languages), compiled programming languages, query languages, and assembly language. This chapter is intended as an introduction. To dig deeper into a particular language, visit the websites listed in this chapter.

Foundation Topics


What is an interpreted computer language? An interpreted computer language is run directly from the program’s instructions. You could say that it is run line-by-line. This contrasts with a compiled programming language, which is converted ...

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