by Dinesh Thakur

Bytecode: The intermediate code produced by certain semi-compiled programming languages, in particular SMALLTALK and JAVA, So called because each instruction is one byte long. Source programs are com piled into bytecode, which is then executed by a bytecode INTERPRETER or VIRTUAL MACHINE that forms part of the language RUN-TIME SYSTEM. In such languages, programs may be distributed either in SOURCE CODE or in bytecode form.