computer architecture – memory storage of a program before compiling

Whenever we write code, after compilation the code will be converted to machine language and then stored in the hard disk. But before compiling the code, it is still in the high-level language. How and where the memory is allocated for the code before compiling the code while it is in a high-level language.

I assume, before compiling the code is stored in RAM, but how? because we can only store in machine language in RAM.

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