Information on the significance and uses of different kinds of computer software that help in making life simple and convenient.
Technology is changing and updating itself at a breakneck speed and as a result of this, unimaginable things are now not only becoming possible but also extremely convenient. The computer which happens to be the biggest gift of technology to mankind consists of two main parts namely the software and the hardware. While the hardware deals with the physical part of the functioning of a computer, the software is responsible for conveying to the hardware about the tasks that have to be performed. In simple words, the hardware is the body of the computer while the computer software is the part that tells the brain what to do. Hence, it is obvious that the software forms the central part of the efficient working of any computer.
The main function of the software is to translate directions and concepts to the hardware so that the task can be performed appropriately. This function includes converting the language we can understand into computer language in order to make it possible for the hardware to understand the nature of the function to be performed. It is now made evident that without the required computer software, it is impractical to operate a computer. Now let us try and understand how this software is created. The people who are in charge of designing and creating software are the compute programmers that make use of a unique programming language. While making the software, this programmer writes his programs with the help of commands that are written in simple language which is very easy for any of us to understand. The technical name for these commands is ‘source code. ‘ After the process of expressing data with the help of the source code is complete, a program known as ‘compiler’ is used on this code so that the data can be translated into a language that can be understood by the computer hardware.
Again, the computer software can be divided into two sub categories: the system software and the application software. The system software is the software which is entitled with the task of helping the hardware function systematically whereas the application software consists of all the other tasks that have to be performed by the computer users except the functioning of the hardware. Some people believe that programming software is also a constituent of the types of software while the others think otherwise.
Apart from the above mentioned kinds of computer software, there are a few others which have been developed with time and expertise. These are the computer games software, driver software, education software, productivity software, media players and media development software to name a few. The computer games software is becoming increasing popular with the video games lovers as it consists of various genres like first person shooters, adventure games, action games, Massive Multiplayer online games and so on. The driver software allows the working of other devices in collaboration with the computer like printers, scanners etc. The education software can help students learn difficult subjects with the help of programs or games. The word processors, presentation software and database management utilities are some of the examples of productivity software that help the users get more productivity in their business.
The media software assists in the playing or editing or pictures or videos or music files. All these types of computer software collectively play a major role in most of the activities that we indulge in on our computers.