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IV. Appendixes > F. High-Level and Low-Level Languages

Appendix F. High-Level and Low-Level Languages

In this appendix, we’ll examine the position of Visual Basic as a programming language by taking a somewhat closer look at high-level and low-level languages, with some examples for comparison.

A low-level language is characterized by its ability to manipulate the computer’s operating system and hardware more or less directly. For instance, a programmer who is using a low-level language may be able to easily turn on the motor of a floppy drive, check the status bits of the printer interface, or look at individual sectors on a disk, whereas these tasks may be difficult, if not impossible, with a high-level language. Another benefit of low-level languages is that they tend to perform tasks more quickly than high-level languages.


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