Benefits of High-Level Languages
- Support a high level of abstraction:
both operations and data
- Greater portability
for a program. As long as there is a translator for the language on
a particular computer architecture, the program can be used on that architecture.
- Data representation is hidden.
Programmer avoids dealing with details that are not part of
- Generally easier to read than machine or assembly language.
- Programs are generally easier to maintain and modify.
For a comparison of programming languages, there is an interesting web site that lists a program to write all the verses of "Ninety Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall"! One C++ version looks like this:
// C++ version of 99 Bottles of beer
// programmer: Tim Robinson email@example.com
int bottles = 99;
while ( bottles > 0 )
cout << bottles << " bottle(s) of beer on the wall," << endl;
cout << bottles << " bottle(s) of beer." << endl;
cout << "Take one down, pass it around," << endl;
cout << --bottles << " bottle(s) of beer on the wall." << endl;
For other language versions click here.
Last Updated 11/27/2000
L.Heath, 2000, modified by J.A.N. Lee,