Definition – What is 1st Generation Language?
1st Generation Languages also known as machine language or low-level language that was used to program the first generation computer. In the revolution of computer programming language, 1st generation languages are the very early development of programming languages. Source code written in 1st generation language is very difficult to understand by computer programmers because it is not human readable code. In general, the code is represented by zeros and ones that means binary format.
The advantage of 1st generation language is, it can be implemented directly with hardware, CPUs, etc. No program translator like compilers and interpreters are needed to translate the code. Because programs written in 1st generation language is the low-level format itself.
However, it is very difficult to program using low-level language and if any program error occurs then it is also very tricky to fix. Because there is no modern syntax exist in the low-level programming language like modern high-level languages.
Explanation – 1st Generation Language
Learning 1st generation language is very hard. Nowadays, most of the programmer use high-level programming languages to implement the software code. Because high-level programming allows many program facilities that are completely unavailable in the low-level programming language (e,g: debugging tools, error tracking tools, compilers, interpreter, IDE’s, etc).
However in these modern days, still the low-level code is using extensively by system programmer for system programming. When programmers need to talk with the hardware directly then uses of 1st generation language is a must (e,g: compiler development, interpreter development, firmware, and hardware development, interface, modem, driver, low-level embedded system, etc)