Compilers & Interpreters

While writing up my notes on Static Page Generators, I was reminded of an IT course I did in the early ’80s. The course, SSADM at the Civil Service College included a session on presentation skills during which one of my fellow students presented on the difference between compilers & interpreters. He used a hand written slide, something like this. …

Compilers read source code and
Remember the converted instructions
An interpreter repeatedly
Process source code instructions one at a time

I have remembered this for nearly 40 years; it’s amazing what a bit of rudeness helps with and equally amazing that the knowledge is still useful.

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