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  A program (Greek, ‘previous writing’) is the set of instructions which tells a computer what to do. It is a translation of an algorithm for the task which the computer is to be set into a language which the computer can understand (or which the computer can translate into a language it can understand—see high level languages.)

Programs are what give computers their flexibility. Most machines can only perform one task, for which they are designed, while computers can perform many, because they are designed to carry out whatever the program tells them to do. This means that programming has become one of the most important skills in today\'s world, as computers take on more and more roles. SMcL



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