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What is Machine Code?

 , updated on January 15, 2017
Machine code is a set of instructions that can be directly executed by computer hardware.

Instruction Sets

All hardware units offer an instruction set that allows them to be operated. Instructions often involve operations on data and mathematical calculations. Such instructions differ between models depending on their design.

Assembly Language

Machine code isn't intended for use by humans and is completely unreadable. As a rule, programmers do not work in machine code.
Assembly language is a representation of machine code that is somewhat human readable. It is common for assembly to represent machine instructions as three letter mnemonics such as HCF.
Overview: Machine Code
TypeCoding
Computing
DefinitionA set of instructions that can be directly executed by computer hardware.
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