The alternative compiled language is one in which the program code is converted to machine code before it’s actually run, and this conversion has to be done only once. The programmer uses a compiler to convert the code that he wrote to machine code, and this machine code is run by the program’s user. Compiled languages include Visual Basic and C++. Using a real-world analogy, it’s a bit like having a Spanish translator verbally tell you in English what a Spanish document says. Unless you change the document, you can use it without retranslation as much as you like.