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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Software Studies

Joasia Krysa

Grzesiek Sedek

The MIT Press

Source code is a set of human readable computer commands written in high-level programming languages. It also shares some of the parameters of the natural language concept. This chapter starts with a source code program and explains the principle and concept of source code; it also describes the importance and advantages of source code in the field of software. Furthermore, the chapter explains that source code is a non-executable computer program stored in source files and can be called a repository; it also focuses on the compiling process of source codes. The chapter describes the two conditions of source code—open and closed—and its contribution to the field of software licensing.

Keywords:   programming languages, natural language, computer program, repositories, compiling, software licensing

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