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In computer programming, source code is a text file version of a computer program or software that contains instructions that the computer follows to do something. Source code is written in a programming language which a human can read and change. A large program may contain many different source code files that all work together. These days most source code is compiled when it is finished. This translates the code into assembly language or machine language which is much faster and easier for the computer to read, but hard for a human to read.

Code also refers to scripting lanugauges and other non-compiled forms of programming. Examples of these include batch files, BASH scripts, macros and VB script used by applications, HTML and other mark ups (such as the format that this wiki uses).

The term code is often used to distinguish programing from data.

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