source code


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

Examples of source code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nor would Sotheby’s founder Samuel Baker, auctioning hundreds of rare books for about $1,000 in 1744, have envisioned selling a copy of the original source code for the web, as a non-fungible token (NFT), for north of $5 million. NBC News, 8 Nov. 2021 In early April, the city asked the developers to unpublish their source code from GitHub. Matt Burgess, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 This is the latest in a series of unfortunate events for Twitch, which was hacked Wednesday, revealing sensitive company information such as its source code, streamer earnings and future plans. Derek Saul, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Perlin said that nearly 30 courts have deemed the software admissible and that about 40 crime labs nationwide have studied and approved the software for use without looking at the source code. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 The source code is available on GitHub for anyone to try. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The newspaper found that the Social Security numbers of perhaps 100,000 teachers and other school officials from around the state were in HTML source code. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 The employees’ Social Security numbers were not searchable in the database or immediately visible upon opening the page, but they could be seen in the HTML source code, which is easily viewable on most websites. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 The Social Security numbers weren't clearly visible or searchable on the website itself, but rather in the site's source code, according to the report. Sean Lyngaas, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of source code

1965, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2021

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“Source code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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