source code

noun

Definition of source code

: a computer program in its original programming language (such as FORTRAN or C) before translation into object code usually by a compiler

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The platform is an important resource for some 28 million developers and home to billions of lines of open source code. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Will Microsoft Handle GitHub's Controversial Code?," 5 June 2018 Earlier this year, Microsoft bought GitHub, an enormous library of open-source code. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 Researchers said the initial attack likely required access to the M.E.Doc source code and control over the company’s network. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Two new supply-chain attacks come to light in less than a week," 23 Oct. 2018 But the extant references in the emulator's source code heavily suggest that all of these titles were tested on the PlayStation Classic hardware at some point in its development. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 Anyone can publish open source code to GitHub for free; the platform makes money by charging individuals and corporations to keep their code private. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Will Microsoft Handle GitHub's Controversial Code?," 5 June 2018 Still others looked to Dreamwidth, a blogging platform built on LiveJournal’s open source code that was originally built in 2008 in response to LiveJournal’s demise. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Foreign businesses have criticized the law, saying that Beijing could use it to force the disclosure of source codes and other corporate secrets to prove their equipment was secure, and then potentially leak the information to domestic competitors. Shan Li, WSJ, "China Expands Its Cybersecurity Rulebook, Heightening Foreign Corporate Concerns," 5 Oct. 2018 At first, Google released its source code and then gave demos of the new OS. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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