Applications and programming languages

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Applications are programs written to carry out a specific task or set of tasks, for example: word processorsword processoran application used to write, edit and format text,spreadsheetsspreadsheetA spreadsheet is made up of cells, rows and columns. Each cell holds a piece of numeric (numbers) or alphanumeric (text) data. Cells can also contain formulae to calculate their contents., accounting packages, media players and games.

Types of applications software

Applications come in several different types:

  • Utility programs - examples include virus scannersvirus scanneran application that scans a computer's hard disk and any other attached storage device for virusesdisk defragmenters [disk defragmenterData accessed at the same time but spread out across the hard disk is called fragmented data. A disk defragmenter is an application that groups this data together for faster access. ] andbackup [backupto copy data onto a separate storage device in case the original device should fail, be damaged or the


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