Topic 5 discusses the various forms of Computer Software … it does a decent job of covering the basics and should be required reading if you are new to the “computer thing.” It starts out with a real basic overview of system software and operating systems, how the machine interacts with the system, what the GUI is, and then jumps into the basic types of application software.
Software isn’t something you can get too jacked up about, but rest assured there are some VERY important things discussed in the topic … so make sure you get in there and read it. Some of the more interesting things discussed are the approaches to programming and a brief history related to the types of computer languages. All-in-all, good stuff and important information to know … Answer the question below and let us know what you think!
Discussion Activity 5
The GUI (pronounced Gooey) has made computing much more accessible to the masses. It also may be responsible for the explosion in popularity of the personal computer. Predict what the world would be like today if the graphical user interface were not invented. Would computers be as popular today without it? Would as many people be using computers without the GUI? How would our lives be different?