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Another term for a program or a set of programs is software , and we use both terms interchangeably throughout the text.

Writing computer programs is called computer programming .

The languages used to create computer programs are called programming languages .

To understand C++ programming, it is helpful to know a little background about how current programming languages evolved.

Machine and assembly languages

Machine languages are the lowest level of computer languages. Programs written in machine language consist of entirely of 1s and 0s.

Programs in machine language can control directly to the computer’s hardware.

00101010 000000000001 000000000010

10011001 000000000010 000000000011

A machine language instruction consists of two parts: an instruction part and an address part.

The instruction part (opcode) is the leftmost group of bits in the instruction and tells the computer the operation to be performed.

The address part specifies the memory address of the data to be used in the instruction.

Assembly languages perform the same tasks as machine languages, but use symbolic names for opcodes and operands instead of 1s and 0s.




Since computers can only execute machine language programs, an assembly language program must be translated into a machine language program before it can be executed on a computer.

Assembly translation

Machine languages and assembly languages are called low-level languages since they are closest to computer hardware.

High-level programming languages

High-level programming languages create computer programs using instructions that much easier to understand than machine or assembly language instructions.

Programs written in a high-level language must be translated into a low level language using a program called a compiler .

A compiler translates programming code into a low-level format.

High-level languages allow programmers to write instructions that look like every English sentences and commonly used mathematical notations.

Each line in a high-level language program is called a statement .

Ex: Result = (First + Second)*Third.

Once a program is written in a high-level language, it must also be translated into the machine language of the computer on which it will be run. This translation can be accomplished in two ways.

When each statement in a high-level source program is translated individually and executed immediately upon translation, the programming language used is called an interpreted language , and the program doing the translation is called an interpreter .

When all of the statements in a high-level source program are translated as a complete unit before any one statement is executed, the programming language used is called is called a compiled language . In this case, the program doing the translation is called a compiler .

Application and system software

Two types of computer programs are: application software and system software.

Application software consists of those programs written to perform particular tasks required by the users.

Questions & Answers

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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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