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is the process of using an input device to enter data


is the programming code written to provide instructions to the hardware so it can perform tasks, such as printing, displaying a Web page or dialog box, or saving a document on the hard disk

Software Development

is a multistep process that usually begins when someone recoginzesa need to perform a task more effectively and/or efficiently using a computer


that shows different paths the program will take depending on what data is inputted

Beta Testing

a process that releases commercial software in development to a cross-section of typical users who evaluate the program and report any problems or "bugs" in the software before it is relesed to the public

Application Software

helps you perform a specific task

System Software

refers to the operating system and all utility programs that manage computer resources ata alow level

Operating Systems

provide an interface between the user or application program and the computer hardware

Software License

gives you permission to use the program

Single-User License

gives you the right to install the software on a single computer

Network License

gives the organization the right to install a program on a server which can be accessed by a specfic number of computers

Software as a Service

(SAS) is a recently developed software delivery method where an application is licensed for a use as a service


is applied over software that you already have installed


a collection of files for updating released software that fixes bugs or provides enhancements

Service Pack

a collection of updates, fixes, or enhancements to a software program delvered as a single file


are revised versions of a software program and require the purchase of a newer version of the software

Web Applications

are without platform constraints or installations requirements and are accessed through a Web browser over a network such as an intranet or the Internet


is a set of clearly defined, logical steps that slove a problem


this software is included with the purchase of a new computer

Software Piracy

is the unauthorized copying of software

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