The Department of Computer Science & Engineering

CSE 305
Programming Languages
Lecture Notes
Stuart C. Shapiro

The Program Level

It is interesting to compare programming languages on the characteristics of:
What is the top-level structure of a program?
(Ignoring compiler directives.)
Is a compiler required, optional, or not used?
What happens when the program is run?
Is an interactive shell provided?
If provided, does the interactive shell process input like the program is run?

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