Sometimes called componentware, software designed to work as a component of a larger application. A good analogy is the way personal computers are built up from a collection of standard components: memory chips, CPUs, buses, keyboards, mice, disk drives, monitors, etc. Because all of the interfaces between components are standardized, it is possible to mix components from different manufacturers in a single system.
Similarly, the goal of component software is to standardize the interfaces between software components so that they too can work together seamlessly. Two standards — OLE and OpenDoc — are designed to help programmers develop components that can work together. Many analysts believe that component software is the natural extension of object-oriented programming and that it will become the standard programming paradigm for years to come.
- component video
A high-end video interface that supersedes both composite video and S-Video. Component video offers better signal clarity, which results in better picture quality. Component video cables have three RCA cables: one green, one red and one blue. Component video is an analog format that carries visual data only, meaning audio cables are still required.
Slang term used to describe a computer system that frequently malfunctions.
- composite applications
Applications that consist of pieces of other applications. Composite applications bring this information together in one place. For example, salespeople have disparate software applications that make it possible to do their jobs: software for contacts, ERP, a file system, and so on. May also be called custom applications, portals, Web applications, Web services, or complex […]
- composite video
(n.) A type of video signal in which all information-the red, blue, and green signals (and sometimes audio signals as well)-are mixed together. This is the type of signal used by televisions in the United States (see NTSC). In contrast, most computers use RGB video, which consists of three separate signals for red, green, and […]
(1) In video terminology, compositing is the merging of two video tracks in order to produce a new single image frame from the combined tracks. The term may also be used to describe the overlaying of text and titles on video clips. (2) In graphics, compositing is the process of superimposing one image over top […]