What is Programming Software?
Programming software is a set of tools that allows developing software applications, it is used by programmers and software developers to create, debug and maintain applications.
Programming software is a subset of the system software, but because of its increasing use and demand, it is treated as a separate category.
There are many type of programming software, among the most important ones are:
- Compilers are applications that translate source code into machine language; in a way that computer can understand those instructions. Compilers generate objects that are combined and converted into executable programs.
- Debuggers help monitor a program execution and make a follow up line by line. The source code is compiled and executed partially, allowing the developer to track the instructions that are executed at a given time. Debuggers also allow control, change or assign values to variables used in a program.
- Interpreters execute instructions written in programming languages. An interpreter translates high-level instructions into an intermediate language that is executed by the computer.