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The basic set of written step-by-step instructions for a computer program. It is referred to as source code because this is usually not the instructions a given computer or processor actually runs. Source code is generally run through a “compiler,” which translates it into the specific language a certain processor can deal with. A compiled instruction set generally cannot be deciphered by a human so it’s necessary to return to the original “source code” to make most changes and enhancements.

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