V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
High Level Language
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
[High-Level Language (as opposed to assembler)] Found primarily in email
and news rather than speech. Rarely, the variants ?VHLL? and ?MLL? are
found. VHLL stands for ?Very-High-Level Language? and is used to describe a
bondage-and-discipline language that the speaker happens to like; Prolog
and Backus's FP are often called VHLLs. ?MLL? stands for ?Medium-Level
Language? and is sometimes used half-jokingly to describe C, alluding to
its ?structured-assembler? image. See also languages of choice.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
(HLL) A programming language which provides some level of
abstraction above assembly language. These normally use
statements consisting of English-like keywords such as "FOR",
"PRINT" or "GOTO", where each statement corresponds to several
machine language instructions. It is much easier to program
in a high-level language than in assembly language though
the efficiency of execution depends on how good the compiler
or interpreter is at optimising the program.
Rarely, the variants "VHLL" and "MLL" are found.
See also languages of choice, generation.