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Autocode refers to a family of early computer programming languages designed to simplify the process of writing code for early computers. The term was first used by Alick Glennie in 1952 at the University of Manchester. Autocodes were often the first step towards higher-level programming languages and were designed to be easier for people without an extensive mathematical background. These languages allowed programmers to use mnemonic codes instead of binary or assembly language, making it easier and faster to write programs. Autocodes evolved into more sophisticated programming systems as software development advanced during the mid-20th century, eventually leading to modern high-level languages like C++, Java, and Python that we use today.

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