Very high-level programming language

A very high-level programming language (VHLL) is a programming language with a very high level of abstraction, used primarily as a professional programmer productivity tool.

Very high-level programming languages are usually domain-specific languages, limited to a very specific application, purpose, or type of task, and they are often scripting languages (especially extension languages), controlling a specific environment. For this reason, very high-level programming languages are often referred to as goal-oriented programming languages.

The term VHLL was used in the 1990s for what are today more often called high-level languages (not "very") used for scripting, such as Perl, Python, Ruby, and Visual Basic.[1][2]

See also


  1. Tom Christiansen et al (eds.): USENIX 1994 Very High Level Languages Symposium Proceedings. October 26-28, 1994, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  2. "Are VHLLs Really High-Level?", by Greg Wilson, 12/01/1999
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