Open-Source Language

Definition - What does Open-Source Language mean?

An open-source language refers to a programming language that falls within the parameters of open-source protocol. This basically means that the language is not proprietary, and with certain provisions (depending on the open source license), can be modified or built upon in a manner that is open to the public.

Techopedia explains Open-Source Language

Programming languages were developed following the invention of the first digital computers in the mid-twentieth century. As they evolved and diversified, many in the computer and software development communities began to see a potential for non-proprietary software and coding languages.

This eventually led to the foundations of the open-source movement. Out of that, open-source programming languages evolved. The rules for those languages include the following:

  • Source codes must be open and accessible.
  • Derived works must also be open source.
  • The languages must be freely distributed.
  • The integrity of the source code must be maintained.
  • Licenses must not restrict other software.
  • There can be no discrimination against fields of endeavor.
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