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programming, tool A program that converts another program
machine language (object code). Some compilers output
assembly language which is then converted to machinelanguage by a separate assembler.
A compiler is distinguished from an assembler by the fact that
each input statement does not, in general, correspond to a
single machine instruction or fixed sequence of instructions.
A compiler may support such features as automatic allocation
of variables, arbitrary arithmetic expressions, control
structures such as FOR and WHILE loops, variable scope,
input/ouput operations, higher-order functions and
portability of source code.