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What is Software





shahbazhassan
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Software is the set of programs which are written in high level language....the high level language is the language which can be understand by user not human and low level language is the language which can be understand by computer and cannot be understand by human..
Basically there are two main types of Software
System Software
Application Software


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amagard
Nice definitions can be found here on dictionary.com.
Some see software as anything not hardware, anything you can't touch, basically the content delivered thru computers and the internet, including text, videos, music.

This first definition on dictionary.com is brave:


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the programs used to direct the operation of a computer, as well as documentation giving instructions on how to use them.


I have seen too much "software" without any (useful) documentation. Even the Agile Manifesto talks about "Working software over comprehensive documentation".

Regarding high and low level languages: in my opinion they are both understandable and writable by human beings. Low level languages are harder to understand and are closer to machine language. The latter is this binary code understood by machines. High level languages introduce more and more abstraction so that the programmer less and less has to worry about basic functionality to be implemented by a machine.
vivaanedwardd
Software is a general term for the various kinds of programs used to operate computers and related devices. (The term hardware describes the physical aspects of computers and related devices.)
Software can be thought of as the variable part of a computer and hardware the invariable part. Software is often divided into application software (programs that do work users are directly interested in) and system software (which includes operating systems and any program that supports application software). The term middleware is sometimes used to describe programming that mediates between application and system software or between two different kinds of application software (for example, sending a remote work request from an application in a computer that has one kind of operating system to an application in a computer with a different operating system).
marathon13
Computer software also called a program or simply software is any set of instructions that directs a computer to perform specific tasks or operations.
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