Software entropy refers to the tendency for software, over time, to become difficult and costly to maintain. A software system that undergoes continuous change, such as having new functionality added to its original design, will eventually become more complex and can become disorganized as it grows, losing its original design structure.
In theory, it may be better to redesign the software in order to support the changes rather than building on the existing program, but redesigning the software is more work because redesigning the existing software will introduce new bugs and problems.
- software environment
Software environment is the term commonly used to refer to support an application. A software environment for a particular application could include the operating system, the database system, specific development tools or compiler.
- Software Licensing
Allowing an individual or group to use a piece of software. Nearly all applications are licensed rather than sold. There are a variety of different types of software licenses. Some are based on the number machines on which the licensed program can run whereas others are based on the number of users that can use […]
- software modem
A modem implemented entirely in software. Software modems rely on the computer’s processor to modulate and demodulate signals.
- Software Package
(1) A special method of distributing and installing software (or software upgrades) to a computer. For example, on a Macintosh computer, a package usually means “software.” It’s specifically a directory, presented as a single file, that contains all the information the Mac OS X Installer application needs to install your software. That includes the software […]
- Software Piracy
The unauthorized copying of software. Most retail programs are licensed for use at just one computer site or for use by only one user at any time. By buying the software, you become a licensed user rather than an owner (see EULA). You are allowed to make copies of the program for backuppurposes, but it […]