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    system software....many questions

    What is system software
    which are components of it
    how assembler works
    how compiler works
    what is programming language grammer
    what are loaders and linkers
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    What is system software

    Any software that runs on the system

    which are components of it

    That depends on the type of software and what it needs to accomplish....

    how assembler works

    Do a board search or check out www.google.com

    how compiler works

    Do a board search or check out www.google.com

    what is programming language grammer

    I think thats kind of a matter of opinion. Otherwise i would say it would be anything along the programming standards...

    what are loaders and linkers

    Loaders load and linkers link?

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    > what is programming language grammer

    The grammar applicable to that programming language. Search for (formal) language theory to find out more about grammars.

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    Originally posted by RoD
    What is system software

    Any software that runs on the system

    System software is the components or parts of the Operating System. In short, programs that is included in the O/S.

    Other software/programs which is installed later (After the O/S is installed) is known as Application Software.

    Hope I'm correct. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Found this definition for system software:

    "Application-independent software that supports the running of application software."

    So, according to this definition, the OS is system software. The device drivers, network software and virtual machines are also software.

    > Other software/programs which is installed later (After the O/S
    > is installed) is known as Application Software.

    That may, according to the definition, be incorrect. A database system, on which database applications run, is in some way also application independent. Applications use the database system.

    Also virtual machines, device drivers and network software can be installed later after the OS is installed. Just think about adding a new piece of hardware to your computer. Then you need to install a device driver which can be used by the applications using the new hardware.

    [edit]
    Found another definition:

    "The software which controls the computer and runs applications.System programs include operating systems, database managers, drivers, communications and messaging protocols, basic input/output system, etc."

    http://www.computeruser.com/resource...ml?lookup=5422

    Doing a little search on Google gives many more definitions which all look a little bit like eachother, but have small differences. Maybe no one knows exactly when software is system software or other kind of software.
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    Last edited by Shiro; 04-26-2003 at 03:54 AM.

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