Types Of Computer Software Programs
Programming Tool-Software developers utilize programming tool, one of the different computer software types, as a tool for software development to support some applications and programs. The examples of this type of tool are debuggers, compilation and programming tools such as XCode, and Microsoft Visual Studio, and scripting languages such as Python, Ruby and PHP, etc.
Device Driver-This is one of the types of computer software programs which functions as the controller of computer monitors, CD/DVD drives, printers and disk drives. What is good about this software is that it is often possible to download it for free online. It also has the function of ensuring that a certain hardware is functioning properly with a certain computer.
Shrinkware Software-This refers to one of the types of computer software programs which is purchased by the consumers and can be commonly purchased in stores. It is set in a certain shrink-wrap box when it is delivered in stores and that is where it got its name. Some examples of shrinkware software are DVDs, computer games as well as software applications which include database software, word processing and accounting.
Firmware Software-Firmware software is run by some software programs, thus it is one of the types of computer software programs which treated like a certain hardware. The typical examples of a firmware software are memory cards, mobile phones, digital cameras, calculators and remote controls.
Testware Software-To test software or hardware packages, testware is the software type that is used. Application and software testers generally use this software which is specifically designed to test software. Such testers conduct Quality Assurance (QA) or Software Testing either manually or automatically.
Teachware Software- This is one of the types of computer software programs which teaches individuals about a certain product specifically related to software engineering. Examples of this type are the Java Remote Control Tool and the Macintosh HyperCard.
System Software– This type consists of certain operating systems such as Mac OSX, Unix, Microsoft Windows and Linux. It aids a certain computer hardware in connecting and operating with a certain applications software.
Computer Programming Language– This is one of the types of computer software programs which is considered as an artificial language that is made of predefined keywords and syntaxes. The languages it includes are C++, Cobol, Java and C. Application software is written with the use of this type. It is primarily used to control the application software’s behavior or the computer per se.
Middleware Software– This is one of the types of computer software programs which comprises of services that are capable of interacting with a certain application software or some computer software types. It is also referred to as an application server or webserver. It operates between the operating system and the application software. Webservers include the Sun Java System Web Server, Microsoft Internet Information Service and Apache HTTP Server. Search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and Google are considered as application servers.
Application Software-This is one of the types of computer software programs which is also known as an ‘app’ or application. Computer users use application software such as Adobe Reader, Microsoft Excel and CAD Software Tool every day.