Program, Application, and Software

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Nov 19 03:54:42 CET 2010

On 11/18/2010 9:05 PM, Mark Wooding wrote:

>> Maybe, once upon a time, there was a meaningful distinction to be made
>> between purely interpreted languages and purely compiled languages.
> No, there never was; only between interpreting and compiling
> implementations.

Right. I remember using a C *interpreter* about 25 years ago on Unix. 
And on Windows, as I remember, the Borland TurboC system let one 
compile, link, and run with one command.

A language is just a language, not an implementation.

Terry Jan Reedy

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