Third-generation languages

The third-generation languages were intended to make life easier. They were designed to improve the readability by using English words which would make it easier to understand and to sort out any faults (bugs) in the program. The process of removing bugs is called debugging. In addition, they should relieve the programmer of any need to understand the internal architecture of the microprocessor and so the program should be totally portable. Ideally the programmer should not even need to know what processor is being used. These languages are called ‘high-level’ and are all procedural.

Over the years, many languages have been invented just as there have been many microprocessors. Just like the microprocessors, a few languages had some special aptitude that made them stand out from the crowd.

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