Software

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When done well, software is invisible. — Bjarne Stroustrup, Oct. 14, 1985: C++ Adds to Programming

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Introduction1

Dictionary

software : the set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a system and especially a computer system; specifically : computer programs — Webster   See also OneLook

Software (FOLDOC: Free Online Dictionary of Computing)

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Computer software, or just software is a collection of computer programs and related data that provide the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it. In other words, software is a conceptual entity which is a set of computer programs, procedures, and associated documentation concerned with the operation of a data processing system. We can also say software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer for some purposes. In other words software is a set of programs, procedures, algorithms and its documentation. Program software performs the function of the program it implements, either by directly providing instructions to the computer hardware or by serving as input to another piece of software. Software is also sometimes used in a more narrow sense, meaning application software only. Sometimes the term includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes, and records. — Wikipedia

Software (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Outline

Outline of Software (Wikipedia)

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Innovation

Software engineering is an engineering approach to software development. Engineering techniques are used to inform the software development process which involves the definition, implementation, assessment, measurement, management, change, and improvement of the software life cycle process itself. It heavily uses software configuration management which is about systematically controlling changes to the configuration, and maintaining the integrity and traceability of the configuration and code throughout the system life cycle. — Wikipedia

Outline of Software Engineering (Wikipedia)
Outline of Software Development (Wikipedia)

Product

Software Products (Wolfram Alpha)

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Preservation

History

Software History Center
Early History of Software Engineering (Robert L. Glass)
Software & software engineering (Engineering and Technology History Wiki)

Iteractions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Software History (Charles Babbage Institute)
Software History Bibliography (Charles Babbage Institute)

Archive

Fire in the Library: Jason Scott and the Archive Team (Matt Schwartz, with reporting by Eva Talmadge, MIT Technology Review)
GGC 2014: Every Computer, Ever, In Your Browser (Jason Scott) YouTube Video
The Internet Archive Software Collection (Jason Scott, VCF East 9.1) Audio, Well worth a Listen!

ASCII by Jason Scott: Jason Scott’s Weblog
Jason Scott Sadofsky (Wikipedia)

Bitsavers.org (Software Archive) (Document Archive)
Internet Arcade (Jason Scott, Internet Archive)
Internet Archive (Brewster Kahle)

Library

Library of Congress # QA76.75 Computer Software (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Make software that you want to use and that you would want to use often. As long as you are making something that you want to use, then your heart will be in it. — Cabel Sasser, Sink or Swim, SXSW 2006

Education

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Course

Crash Course: Computer Science (YouTube Channel)

Community

Occupation

Software Developers (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)

Organization

Software Publishers Association (SPA)
Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT)

News

Software News (Communications of the ACM)
ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Free Commercial Downloads (USA.gov)
Top Government Software Products (Capterra)

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Media

Function Communications Computation Storage Creation Simulation
Analog Mail Device Paper Type, Print Automaton
Electronic Network Calculator Tape Record Elektro
Digital Internet Computer
Hardware Modem Microprocessor Memory Peripheral Robot, XR
Software Service (Web) Program (OS, SS) Database Application AI, VW

Format Multimedia (Video, Animation) Image (Object) Scent, Flavor, Audio (Text) Haptic, “Other

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.