Glossary Entry: Source Code

Quick Definition

Source code (or simply "source") refers to the series of instructions that make up a program. These instructions are written in a programming language*, a type of human-readable code that can be translated into the machine language the computer will recognize.

The source code for a program is usually kept by the company or person that wrote the program, but occasionally it's released under an open source* license.

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