It is a translator which takes input i.e., High-Level Language, and produces an output of low-level language i.e. machine or assembly language.
- A compiler is more intelligent than an assembler it checks all kinds of limits, ranges, errors, etc.
- But its program run time is more and occupies a larger part of memory. It has slow speed because a compiler goes through the entire program and then translates the entire program into machine codes.
Figure – Compiler-Process
An interpreter is a program that translates a programming language into a comprehensible language. –
- It translates only one statement of the program at a time.
- Interpreters, more often than not are smaller than compilers.
Figure – Interpreter-Process
Let’s see the difference between Compiler and Interpreter:
|1.||Compiler scans the whole program in one go.||Translates program one statement at a time.|
|2.||As it scans the code in one go, the errors (if any) are shown at the end together.||Considering it scans code one line at a time, errors are shown line by line.|
|3.||Main advantage of compilers is it’s execution time.||Due to interpreters being slow in executing the object code, it is preferred less.|
|4.||It converts the source code into object code.||It does not convert source code into object code instead it scans it line by line|
|5||It does not require source code for later execution.||It requires source code for later execution.|
|Eg.||C, C++, C# etc.||Python, Ruby, Perl, SNOBOL, MATLAB, etc.|
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