Symbolic language (programming)

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In computer science, a symbolic language is a language that uses characters or symbols to represent concepts, such as mathematical operations and the entities (or operands) on which these operations are performed.[1]

Modern programming languages use symbols to represent concepts and/or data and are therefore, examples of symbolic languages.[1]

Some programming languages (such as Lisp and Mathematica) make it easy to represent higher-level abstractions as expressions in the language, enabling symbolic programming.,[2][3]

See also

  • Mathematical notation
  • Notation (general)
  • Programming language specification
  • Symbol table
  • Symbolic language (other)


  1. ^ a b "symbolic language Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  2. ^ "Bret Victor, beast of burden". Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  3. ^ "Symbolic Programming Visualized—Wolfram Blog". Retrieved 2019-03-23.

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