Application Software Definition and Types

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 02:56 -- Umar Farooq

Definition

Computer programs which direct a computer system to perform specific information processing activities required for the solution of business, scientific and other problems of computer users.  

Application Software are also known as packages that help the user to get his required output. These are the software developed by experts in high/low level languages for non-experts. After getting initial training in packages, a layman can also handle his/her work very easily and can he effective for the society. Another purpose of making these software, is to facilitate all the fields of life. Software applications work via operating systems to gain access to the computer hardware. There are two types of application packages:

  1. Application Software
  2. Customized Software

Application Software

The general programs in the market developed by famous software development companies are known as Application Programs. These software are developed by a team of experts to be utilized by non-experts after minimum training. e.g.

  1. Word Processors includes Word Star, Word Perfect, Ms Word and Ms Works etc
  2. Spread Sheets includes Lotus, Quattro-Pro and Excel
  3. Database have Dbase, FoxPro and FoxBASE+ etc.
  4. Graphics-Haward Graphics, Instant Artist etc
  5. Games Prince and Dave
  6. Educational Medicine, Commerce, Engineering, Geography, Archeology and many more.

Customized Software

These are the software developed according to the needs of an organization. The program is designed for a specific organization keeping in view its requirements. The program can be developed by a single programmer or by a team of programmers depending upon the requirements. e.g. Programming for

  1. Banking Industry
  2. Accounts
  3. Library
  4. Stock and Sales
  5. Defence
  6. Education and Industry etc.