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What is a compiler in system software?
A compiler is system software (a set of a computer program) that converts source code written in a programming language (source language, usually HLL) into another computer language (target language). It processes every statement written in a particular programming language and turns them to machine language.
Can a compiler translate a program?
A compiler can translate only those source programs which have been written in the language for which the computer is meant. Each high level programming language requires a separate compiler for the conversion. For Example, a FORTRAN compiler is capable of translating into a FORTRAN program.
What is the difference between decompiler and transcompiler?
Decompiler 鈥?The compiler that translates from a low-level language to a higher level one. Transcompiler 鈥?The compiler that translates high level languages. A compiler can translate only those source programs which have been written in the language for which the compiler is meant.
What is the difference between compiler and cross compiler?
Techopedia explains Compiler. A compiler that converts machine language into high-level natural language is called a decompiler. Compilers that produce the object code meant to run on a system are called cross-compilers. Finally, a compiler that converts one programming language into another is called a language translator.