Outline of software Information

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This outline is an overview of software and a topical guide in list form.

Software is a comprehensive term for a collection of computer programs and related data that provides the information for the functioning of a computer. It is held in various forms of memory of the computer. It comprises procedures, algorithms, and documentation concerned with the operation of a data processing system. The term was coined to contrast to the term hardware, meaning physical devices. In contrast to hardware, software "cannot be touched". [1] Software is also sometimes used in a more narrow sense, meaning application software only. Sometimes the term includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes, and records. [2]

Software is a form of technology, specifically computer technology, and represents a set of tools.



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Software development entails the establishment of a systems development life cycle of a software product. It encompasses a planned and structured process from the conception of the desired software to its final manifestation, [4] which constitutes computer programming, the process of writing and maintaining the source code. Software development includes research, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products. [5]

Software engineering

Computer programming


Software distribution



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  1. ^ "Wordreference.com: WordNet 2.0". Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ "software..(n.d.)". Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  3. ^ "Translation 'teachware'".
  4. ^ "Application Development (AppDev) Defined and Explained".
  5. ^ DRM Associates (2002). "New Product Development Glossary". Retrieved 2006-10-29.

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