• Computer language

    Hello, I’ve got an important question for you: do you know why you can read that page? No? In that case, this article is made for you!


    First, you certainly know the binary numeral system; that’s with this combination of zeros and ones your computer works! One number is called a “bit” (
    binary digit) and a combination of 8 bits is called an “octet”. Your computer treats these bits with logic gates (not, or, and, xor) to do operations with a processor… not easy, is it? But you can’t read these numbers so you need a decoder: that is the BIOS, a Basic Input Output System. People work hard with bits to create BIOS such as Windows or Linux. Without the BIOS, you couldn’t use your computer; it’s a very important system! Softwares allow you to do anything: writing a text, surfing on the web or recording your voice, you use softwares. OpenOffice, Internet Explorer or Audacity are softwares. People who make softwares are called programmers; they write very long codes in special languages. These are called “programming languages”. To code you need to know one of them; it’s a bit like learning a new language.


    Computer language

    What does the language do?

    When you write a command on your program, the language translates it on binary, which your computer can understand and execute.

    There is a huge list of languages but each one has a different goal. For example, HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a language used to code internet pages; it can be combined with a code written with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) that is used to lay-out the pages. To make programs on the Internet, such as a game, you can use Java, PHP, Ajax, ActionScript, ...

    Here’s a little tip for you: to recognize which language is used to code a website: Right click on the page and click on “Afficher le code source de la page”: you can see the code that allows you to see that page. Now, in the first line of the code, there is the name of the programming language. Look, I did it with the school’s website:


    Computer language


    The language’s name isn’t written in every website! In that case, you will only see this: <!DOCTYPE html>.


    Thank you for reading!

    Images: Google Images
    Text: Myself and Wikipedia



  • Comments

    Paulettelovesenglish Paulettelovesenglish profile
    Monday 4th March 2013 at 17:33

    Would you like to be an IT engineer?

    Wednesday 13rd March 2013 at 16:46

    Wouahou! that is really interesting! I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing Virgile!

    Are you interested in computer programming? Can you do it? In what language?

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 14:58

    You can search everything on internet, but most of people don't go in the "real" language of computers, good job dude .

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 16:26

    I'm delighted that you liked it! Yes, I'm interested in programming, I tried a few languages like Java and HTML, I mainly did C++ but only did very basic things. These ones aren't very recommanded to beginners because they're complicated, a novice should better try one of these: http://gamenacho.com/top-5-easiest-programming-languages/ (I recommand the first one because it's very widespread and it's used in calaculators).

    Well, I would like to work in programming but that is a huge profession. I mean you are almost always using programs: obviously to use your computer but also to open a gate without getting out of your car (which is full of programs), to use your dishwasher made by programmed robots... Today, programs are everywhere so  we need people to make them.

    Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 20:28
    It's very interesting but that seems very complicated...
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