- n. (noun) The title of a simple script or program designed to output the text 'Hello World' as a demonstration of the computer language or environment.
- n. (noun) A simple first program for any purpose.
The ‘Hello World’ program was influenced by an example program in the book, The C Programming Language. This example program was inherited from a 1974 Bell Labs internal training guide, Programming in C: A Tutorial.
“While a program that prints ‘Hello world’ on the command line may be the quickest to write, all the applications that I spend my days writing open their own windows, and the leap from terminal programming to windows programming has always been hard to make.”
“He has successfully assembled and compiled an iPhone binary (ready to run application) which, in true programming tradition, simply displays the words ‘Hello World’. ”