|The Trick Of The Mind|
|Written by Mike James|
|Monday, 29 November 2021|
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If you have been following you will now have some idea of what a program is, what a programming language is and what a computer is – it is a machine that obeys a program.
At this stage it all seems trivially easy, but I hope you have discovered that our simple drawing language has some difficulties to be mastered.
However, there is the question of what could we possibly need to add to the mix to make a “little” language that is limited into a “big” language that can do everything?
A big language is one that you can use to do almost anything. It might lack some facility, but this would mostly be due to a problem with the hardware– for example you might not be able to make sounds if the hardware doesn't support it. In principle, a big language serves to write any program you can think of. This sounds like a tall order and it seems to imply something very complicated. While some computer languages have lots and lots of facilities, the truth of the matter is that the simplest big language is much simpler than you might imagine. In understanding what we need to add to our little language, you will discover how to move from its simple type of programming to the programming of everything.
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