What is Programming Language?

Programming language is a formal language, which comprises a set of instructions that produce various kinds of output. Programming languages are used in computer programming to implement algorithms. Each of the different programming languages mentioned in the next section can be broken into one or more of the following types of languages.

Thus, Programming language is a computer language programmers use to develop software programs, Scripts, or other set of instructions for computer to execute.

Programming Language

Most programming languages consist of instructions for computers. There are programmable machines that use a set of specific instructions, rather than general programming languages. Early ones preceded the invention of the digital computer, the first probably being the automatic flute player described in the 9th century by the brothers Musa in Baghdad, during the Islamic Golden Age. Since the early 1800s, programs have been used to direct the behavior of machines such as Jacquard looms, music boxes and player pianos. The programs for these machines did not produce different behavior in response to different inputs or conditions.

The description of a programming language is usually split into the two components of Syntax (form) and Semantics (meaning). Some languages are defined by a specification document for example, the C programming language is specified by an ISO Standard. while other languages (such as Perl) have a dominant implementation that is treated as a reference. Some languages have both, with the basic language defined by a standard and extensions taken from the dominant implementation being common.