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

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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 During its initial development period, the source code for the browser will run in development mode on the Daydream and GearVR devices. Emily Price, Fortune, "Mozilla's Latest Version of Firefox Is Made for VR," 3 Apr. 2018 Much is open source code, a far cry from Microsoft’s roots making highly proprietary software. Klint Finley, WIRED, "GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance," 30 June 2018 The key, Saffel says, is getting developers to agree to hand over the source code of their apps for in-depth analysis and review. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The DoD’s App Store Does This One Crucial Thing to Stay Secure," 3 July 2018 In fact, Sinovel employees had persuaded an AMSC worker in Austria to hand over the raw software source code to the Chinese firm, which used it to make its own version. Hiawatha Bray,, "AMSC gets $57 million from Chinese theft case," 6 July 2018 Publishing source code is not the same as developing in the open; there are corporate open-source projects where all development is done privately, in-house, with few-to-no outside contributions accepted. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Everyone complaining about Microsoft buying GitHub needs to offer a better solution," 4 June 2018 The brokered vetting process means that the government never holds developers' source code directly. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The DoD’s App Store Does This One Crucial Thing to Stay Secure," 3 July 2018 And in a future release of Asylo, existing applications will be able to be run in an enclave by simply copying their source code into an Asylo container and recompiling them for the target platform. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Google releases open source framework for building “enclaved” apps for cloud," 3 May 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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