Tech moves fast! Stay ahead of the curve with Techopedia!
Join nearly 200,000 subscribers who receive actionable tech insights from Techopedia.
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.
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: