What Is the Build Process?

In programming (or software development) you read or hear about the build process.  There are different tools to help speed up the build process or aid the SDLC.  What is the build process?

It is the process of creating byte code from source code.  A build process can be referred to as a compilation process.  The byte code file is also called a binary file.  When software is built it is compiled.  Some languages refer to the compilation process of creating machine code from source code as "translating" -- not compiling.  

The source of this answer was this Red Hat page. You may want to view this posting which defines the term "build."

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