Which programming language looks similar to human languages?

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Human languages are high-level general-purpose languages that are irrelevant to coding and computer languages.

Programming or coding languages are combinations of text-numbers-symbols, that's it, nothing else.

But you can define what and how your code will be written in order to understand the program correctly and easily.

Do you know computers only understand binary language?

Binary coding uses only 0's and 1's and it's the only language is used in all of the electronics and electrical devices around the world.

But humans cannot understand this language easily so experts made another human reading format that can be easily grasped and understood.

And this is the format that uses human language characters, that is English characters and words.

But coding looks like it only consists of letters, symbols, special characters including numbers, right?

There are many coding languages available in today's world and will have other new ones as well.

Java, Python, C, C++, C#, Ruby, HTML-css-js,etc

So one question that arises here: which programming language is closest to human languages? 

So let's see in detail.

I'll show you examples too.


Which programming language is closest to human languages?

A fourth-generation programming language is any computer programming language that belongs to a class of languages envisioned as an advancement upon third-generation programming languagesWikipedia

Fourth Generation Languages look very similar to human languages because these languages are consist of statements that are similar to statements in the human language.
These are used mainly in database programming and scripting. 
Examples of these languages include Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL, MatLab(MatrixLaboratory).

FORTRAN, PASCAL, C, PYTHON, and other high-level programming languages are closest to human languages. 

Because they are easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to implement.

Python, COBOL, and Smalltalk, these three programming languages are very close to human language.

COBOL is probably most English-like because of its use of prepositions, such as "from", "thru", "to", etc. But I think the most easily readable, English-like language is Smalltalk.

COBOL is a compiled English-like computer programming language designed for business use. It is an imperative, procedural, and, since 2002, object-oriented language. COBOL is primarily used in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments. - Wikipedia

  • Developers: CODASYL, ANSI, ISO
  • Paradigm: Procedural, imperative, object-oriented
  • Typing discipline: Weak, static
  • Stable release: ISO/IEC 1989:2014 / 2014
  • First appeared: 1959; 62 years ago

Smalltalk is an object-oriented, dynamically typed reflective programming language. Smalltalk was created as the language underpinning the "new world" of computing exemplified by "human-computer symbiosis". -Wikipedia

  • OS: Cross-platform (multi-platform)
  • Platform: Xerox Alto (74181)
  • Typing discipline: Strong, dynamic
  • First appeared: 1972; 49 years ago (development began in 1969)
  • Stable release: Smalltalk-80 version 2 / 1980; 41 years ago
  • Implementation language: Smalltalk
  • Designed by: Alan Kay, Dan Ingalls, Adele Goldberg

Coding words like Class, Constructor, Integer, if-else, do-while, True-False, etc are the same as the English language. 

Hence these languages are very similar to human language.

You can literally code in English in python.

It's damn too easy to code in python because it uses straightforward English words to create coding mechanisms and logic.

As I said earlier computer only knows the binary language but these are the human-readable languages then how the computer understands these languages to perform coding operations.

Because they use either compiler or interpreter.

These two things convert high-level human-readable coding into low-level computer binary coding.

In simple words, they convert human-readable programming languages into computer languages.

You got my point?

Ok, now, let's see the examples so that you can understand them easily.

How are they similar to human languages?

High-level programming languages are mainly considered closer to human languages because you can structure the code in such a way that your code will look very much similar to human languages.

Because high-level programming languages contain very similar words to human languages, they are easy to understand and execute properly.

The syntax is very similar to the Mathematical and English languages.

Syntax means the structure or format of coding logic.

Therefore, developers can debug easily and fast. 

Debugging is very important in programming and coding.

And debugging in binary is not at all easy in fact you cannot debug binary codes that easily.

Hence human-readable programming languages help developers to track coding bugs and fix them easily and quickly.

Check this post to know about debugging.


This is how binary coding looks like:

01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100001

The above code is Hello!

LoL, see I told you.

You cannot understand this computer language.

Hence there are human-readable programming languages.

Let's look at Hello World examples of PASCAL, FORTRAN, C, PYTHON and these are the high-level human-readable programming languages.


program HelloWorld;
uses crt;

(* Here the main program block starts *)
   writeln('Hello, World!');


program hello
  ! This is a comment line, it is ignored by the compiler
  print *, 'Hello, World!'
end program hello

#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
   // printf() displays the string inside quotation
   printf("Hello, World!");
   return 0;

# This program prints Hello, world!

print('Hello, world!')

As you can see, All of the above codes contain somewhat English words similar to human languages but these words are used in programming languages too. 

Python is by far the easiest and simplest programming language due to its minimal syntax and simple structure.

Java and C# are also very similar to human language.


Which programming language looks similar to human languages? 

High-level programming languages are similar to human languages. Because they are easy to grasp and easy to understand for humans.

Hence, high-level programming languages like C, Fortran, Pascal, Cobol, Smalltalk, Python, etc are very closest to human languages.

As you already know, worldwide communication is done in the English language because it's an international language, and programming also uses English words to make coding logics and mechanisms, it is considered a human-readable programming language.

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