Command Language

What Does Command Language Mean?

A command language is a type of interpreted language using a
command line structure. Command languages are typically not compiled but are
interpreted on the fly. A prominent example is the MS-DOS computer system that
controlled earlier personal computers where a command line structure was used
to generate user-driven processes.


Techopedia Explains Command Language

Command languages have many uses in computer science and the
administration of operating systems. They often serve to provide immediate
responses to end-user events. For example, a command language for batch
processing has specific commands that help to organize and manipulate
files. Command languages can be clear-cut ways to implement a set of
instructions that might not need the power of a fully compiled, object-oriented
language for them to function well.


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