Re: What is source code?
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 12:45:39 -0400
Metadata is data about data, e.g., a data dictionary, so I don't think source code comes even close to being metadata. Source code doesn't really tell the compiler what to do- it would be the compiler's source code that does that. Source code is used by the compiler to create something else. It's more like a list of ingredients and a recipe to be executed by a chef (the compiler) who knows how to use the kitchen tools to combine the ingredients following the recipe.
"Laconic2" <laconic2_at_comcast.net> wrote in message
> In another topic, the question got raised whether source code is metadata.
> There is a way in which source code might be considered "metaprocess". It
> tells the compiler what to do, in order that the compiler will tell the
> target machine what to do.
Received on Mon Apr 19 2004 - 18:45:39 CEST