Compare among Assembler, Compiler and Interpreter


Assembler, compiler and interpreter are translator software but they are different mostly on how they translate.

Number of lines

Assembler converts each line of assembler code into
online of machine code

Compiler converts all the lines of source code at a
time

Interpreter converts one line of source code at a
time

In case of mistake

Compiler shows an error message highlighting the line number if there
is any mistake in the source code

If there is any mistake in any line, interpreter stops converting
before that line

Difficulty to find mistakes

It is hard to find mistake in assembler

It is hard to find mistake in compiler

It is easy to find the mistake in interpreter

Execution Time

Compiler takes shorter time to execute

Interpreter takes longer time to execute

Executable file

Once compiled, the executable file can run by itself

Interpreted code can’t run itself

Places to run/use

Compiled code made in a system can run in any system

Interpreted code will need the system specific interpreter along with
the source code to run

Example

Compiled languages include C++, Pascal etc.

Interpreted languages include LISP, BASIC etc.



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