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  1. Binary Representation: Machine language instructions are represented using binary digits (0s and 1s). Each instruction corresponds to a specific operation that the CPU can perform, such as arithmetic operations, data movement, and control flow.
  2. Hardware-Specific: Machine language is specific to a particular computer architecture or CPU. Different CPU architectures have their own unique set of machine instructions, so programs written in machine language are not portable between different types of computers.
  3. Human Unfriendly: Machine language is not designed to be easily readable or writable by humans. It consists of long strings of binary numbers, making it extremely challenging for programmers to work with directly.
  4. Limited Abstraction: Machine language provides a very limited level of abstraction, and programmers must have a deep understanding of the hardware to write programs in this language. It involves working directly with memory addresses, registers, and low-level operations.
  5. Assembler: To make programming in machine language more manageable, an assembler is often used. An assembler is a program that translates assembly language (a slightly higher-level representation of machine code) into machine code. Assembly language uses symbolic mnemonics and labels to make the code more readable.
  6. Execution Speed: Programs written in machine language can execute very quickly because they are as close to the hardware as possible, and there is minimal overhead in interpreting instructions.
  7. Debugging Challenges: Debugging machine language programs can be extremely difficult. Errors in machine code can lead to unpredictable behavior, and debugging typically involves examining memory and register values in great detail.
  8. Rarely Used Today: In modern software development, programmers rarely write programs directly in machine language. High-level programming languages like C++, Python, and Java provide much higher levels of abstraction and are more suitable for most software development tasks. Programmers use compilers or interpreters to translate high-level code into machine code.

While machine language is not commonly used for writing software today, understanding how it works at the lowest level is important for computer scientists, hardware designers, and those involved in systems programming and low-level optimization

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