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Software Applications. Topics. Processing with Programs Licensing and Copyrights System Software: The Hardware -Software Connection User interface. A Fast, Stupid Machine. Computers: Perform arithmetic and comparison capabilities Follow precise instructions to perform an operation

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  • Processing with Programs
  • Licensing and Copyrights
  • System Software: The Hardware -Software Connection
  • User interface
a fast stupid machine
A Fast, Stupid Machine


  • Perform arithmetic and comparison capabilities
  • Follow precise instructions to perform an operation
  • Execute instructions quickly and accurately
processing with programs
Processing with Programs

Software programs are:

  • Instructions that tell the computer what to do
  • Stored in memory
  • Designed to solve problems
the language of computers
The Language of Computers
  • Machine Language : numeric codes to represent data
      • 1’s and 0’s
  • High-level language : fall between machine language and natural human language
      • C++, Java, Visual Basic
  • Compilers translate high-level language into machine language
  • Natural Languages include the languages spoken by humans
      • English, French
  • Commercial software is copyrighted so it can’t be legally duplicated for distribution to others.
    • It grants certain exclusive rights such as the right to copy, to see and distribute, and the right to modify the software.
    • Buying a copy of the software does not give you these rights!
  • Licensing agreementslimit your right to:
    • make copies of software disks
    • install software on hard drives
    • transfer information to other users
ware s
“Ware” s
  • Shareware
    • “Try before you buy” idea.
    • Software that works on honour system
    • Limited features Vs a regular edition ($$)
  • Freeware
    • Freely available to download and use
    • Beware of malicious intents.
    • Netscape browser
system software the hardware software connection
System Software:The Hardware-Software Connection
  • System software is a class of software that includes:
    • Utility programs
    • The Operating system
utility programs
translating files so different software can read them

guarding against viruses

Utility Programs
  • repairing damaged files
  • copying files from one storage device to another
what the operating system does
What the Operating System Does?
  • The operating system controls:
    • Communication with peripherals
    • Coordination of concurrent processing
    • Memory management
    • Monitoring of resources and security
    • Management of programs and data
    • Coordinating network communications
where the operating system lives
Where the Operating System Lives?
  • Some computers store their operating system entirely in ROM (Read Only Memory)
  • Other computers include only part of it in ROM
    • The remaining system is loaded into memory (booting)
  • Most of the time it works behind the scenes
multiple user operating systems unix and linux
Multiple User Operating Systems: UNIX and Linux
  • UNIX was developed at Bell Labs
    • UNIX remains a dominant Internet operating system for Internet servers.
  • Linux was created by Linus Torvalds and continues to be a work-in-progress
    • Linux is free for anyone to use or improve
    • Open source software
      • Software that is freely distributed, along with its source code
    • General Public License (copyleft?)
  • These systems allow a timesharing computer to communicate with several other computers
  • Compatibility allows software to function properly with the hardware, operating system, and peripherals

Programs written for one type of computer system may not work on another!

the user interface the human machine connection
The User Interface:The Human-Machine Connection
  • The user interface is what the user sees on the screen
  • Two major user interface types:
  • Character-based interface
    • MS-DOS, Unix
  • Graphical user interface (GUI)
    • Mac, Windows
why wimp won
Why WIMP Won

Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointing devices

  • They’re intuitive
  • They’re consistent
  • They’re forgiving
  • They’re protective
  • They’re flexible
  • The Word Processing Process
  • Formatting the text
  • Spelling and Grammatical Checkers
  • The Spreadsheet
  • Features of Spreadsheet
word processing process
Word Processing Process
  • Entering text and Editing text
  • Formatting & proof-reading the document
  • Saving the document on disk
  • Printing the document

As you enter text using a word processor, your text is displayed on the screen and stored in the computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory).

Save your work periodically because RAM is not permanent memory.

formatting text





Formatting Text
  • Formatting refers to how the words look on a page.
  • WYSIWIG (“What you see is what you get”)
    • What you see on the screen is a close approximation of what you will see on paper
  • Types of formatting:
    • Character, Line & Paragraph, Entire Document
  • Characters are measured by point size with onepoint equal to 1/72 inch.

120 pts

80 pts

40 pts

20 pts

about fonts
About Fonts
  • A font is a size and style of typeface.
  • Serif fonts have serifs or fine lines at the ends.
      • Sans-serif fonts have plainer, cleaner lines.


paragraph formatting
Paragraph Formatting
  • Formatting for paragraphs involve margin settings, line spacing, indents, tabs and justification.
document formatting
Document Formatting

You can impact the appearance of an entire document through the following:

  • Style sheets
  • Headers and footers
  • Multiple columns
  • Table of Contents and Indexes
  • Conversion to HTML for web publishing
spelling checkers grammar style checkers
Spelling Checkers, Grammar & Style Checkers
  • Spelling checkers compare words in your document with words in a disk-based dictionary.
    • Words may be flagged; you make the decision to ignore or change the spelling.
  • A grammar and style checker flags possible errors and makes suggestions for correcting.
    • It spots the following:
      • Spelling
      • Errors of context
      • Common grammatical errors
form letter generators
Form Letter Generators

The Mail Merge feature in word processors generate personalized form letters and mailing labels.

  • Create a database with names
  • Create a form letter
  • Merge the database with the form letter to create a personalized letter
intelligent word processors
Intelligent Word Processors
  • The bottleneck continues to be in the input side of desktop publishing systems.
  • In the future:
    • Speech-recognition software systems that can reliably recognize human speech.
    • Intelligent word processors that anticipate a writer’s needs, acting as an electronic editor or co-author.
the spreadsheet

Cell C12

The Spreadsheet

The spreadsheet consists of:

  • Cells (the intersection of a row and column)
  • Addresses(column letter and row number, e.g., A1, C12)

Cell A1

the spreadsheet1
The Spreadsheet

Spreadsheets can contain:

Valuessuch as numbers and dates

Labelsthat explain what a value means, such as column and report headings

the spreadsheet2
The Spreadsheet

Formulas allow you to create instructions using mathematical expressions and commands

+ (plus)- (minus) *(multiplication)/ (division) SumAverage

spreadsheet features

Type the first value in the series such as Qtr 1 or January or 500

Spreadsheet Features

Spreadsheets offer many automatic features such as replication of data

and let the software replicate it to other cells.

spreadsheet features1
Spreadsheet Features
  • Formulas can be relative, so they refer to different cells when they are copied
  • Or absoluteso the formula references never change when they are copied

When the formula in column Bis copied to column C, it changes relative to the new column.

spreadsheet features2
Spreadsheet Features
  • Functions (e.g., SUM, AVG, SQRT) are used to automate complex calculations
  • Automatic recalculation
    • Any time a change is entered into the spreadsheet, all data related to the change automatically updates
  • Macroslet you store keystrokes and commands so they can be played back automatically
  • Templates offer ready-to-use worksheets with labels and formulas already entered
what if
What If?
  • Spreadsheets allow you to change numbers and instantly see the effects of those changes.
    • “What if I enter this value?”
  • Database capabilities
    • Search for information
    • Sort the data by a specific criteria
    • Merge the data with a word processor
    • Generate reports
spreadsheet graphics from digits to drawings
Spreadsheet Graphics: From Digits to Drawings
  • Bar charts (use if data falls into a few categories)
  • Pie charts (show relative proportions to the whole)
  • Line charts (show relationships or trends over time)

Graphics, Multimedia

and Databases.

  • Computer Graphics terminology
  • Pixels Vs. Objects
  • Software and Animation
  • What is a Database
  • Anatomy of a Database
  • Database Trends
graphics talk
Graphics Talk
  • Pixels are tiny dots of white, black, or color that make up images on the screen.
  • Palette of tools that mimic real-world painting tools and other tools unique to computers.
  • Bitmapped graphics (or raster graphics) are pictures that show how the pixels are mapped on the screen.
  • Color depth is the number of bits devoted to each pixel.
    • 24 bits or 8 bits.
  • Resolution is the density of the pixels.
    • Dpi: dots per inch.
drawing object oriented graphics
Drawing: Object-Oriented Graphics
  • Drawing software stores a picture as a collection of lines and shapes (called object-orientedorvector graphics).
  • Memory demands on storage not as high as bit-mapped images.
  • Many drawing tools - line, shape and text tools are similar to painting tools in bitmapped programs.
pixels vs objects
Pixels vs. Objects
  • Bit-mapped painting(using pixels) gives you these advantages:
    • More control over textures, shading and fine detail
    • Appropriate for screen displays, simulating natural paint media and embellishing photographs
pixels vs objects1
Pixels vs. Objects
  • Object-oriented drawinggives you these advantages:
    • Better for creating printed graphs, charts, and illustrations
    • Lines are cleaner and shapes are smoother
digital image processing photographic editing by computer
Digital Image Processing: Photographic Editing by Computer
  • Software that allows the user to manipulate photographs and other high-resolution images with tools such as Adobe Photoshop.
  • Far more powerful than traditional photo-retouching techniques.
    • Can distort and combine photos as demonstrated in the tabloids
    • Create fabricated images that show no evidence of tampering
building a photo collage
Building a Photo Collage

Combine it with other objects

Make a statement

Take an image

animation graphics in time
Animation: Graphics in Time
  • Each frame of computer-based animation is a computer-drawn picture and the computer displays those frames in rapid succession.
    • Tweening-instead of drawing each frame by hand, an animator can create key frames and objects and use software to help fill in the gaps

“Anything you can imagine can be done. If you can draw it, if you can describe it, we can do it. It’s just a matter of cost.”

James Cameron, Filmmaker, ”King of the World”

desktop video computers film tv
Desktop Video: Computers, Film, TV
  • Video editing software
    • such as Adobe Premiere makes it easy to eliminate extraneous footage, combine clips from multiple takes, splice together scenes
  • Morphs are video clips in which one image metamorphoses into another.
  • Data compression software and hardware are used to squeeze data out of movies so they can be stored in smaller spaces.
      • Calculate the space required, for a video clip at 30 frames per second
  • MP3 MPEG audio layer 3 (Moving Picture Experts Group)
hypertext and hypermedia
Hypertext and Hypermedia
  • Hypertext refers to information linked in non-sequential ways.
    • HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol
  • Hypermedia combines text, numbers, graphics, animation, sound effects, music and other media in hyperlinked documents.
    • Useful for on-line help files
    • Jump between documents all over the Internet
the electronic file cabinet database basics
The Electronic File Cabinet: Database Basics
  • A Database is…
    • a collection of information stored in an organized form on a computer
  • Database software is…
    • application software (like word processing and spreadsheet software)
    • designed to maintain databases (collections of information)
what good is a database
What Good Is a Database?
  • An electronic database allows you to:
    • store large quantities of information
    • retrieve information quickly
    • organize and reorganize information
    • print and distribute information in a variety of ways
database anatomy
Database Anatomy

A databaseis a collection of one or more files

A file is a collection of related information (records)

database anatomy1
Database Anatomy

A recordis the information relating to one person, product, or event

A field is a discrete chunk of information in a record

database anatomy2

Form View

List View

Database Anatomy

The viewis a display of the information in fields based on a particular layout of field data.

database operations
Database Operations
  • These operations are used to manipulate the information in the database:
  • Import: receives data in the form of text files
  • Browse: navigates through information
  • Query: finds records that match a specific criteria
  • Sort: rearranges records (alpha or numerically)
  • Report: printout of an ordered list of records
beyond the basics database management systems
Beyond the Basics:Database Management Systems
  • Database Management Systems (DBMS)
    • is a program or system of programs that can manipulate data in a large collection of files
    • redundant information is stored as a key field
    • different users see different points of view
    • may be interactive
  • SQL Structured Query Language
      • Select * From Population Where Sex = M

and Age > 18 and Age < 35

what makes a database relational
What Makes a Database Relational?
  • A database isrelationalwhen files are relatedto each other, such as this Student ID field in the Student file.
database trends
Database Trends
  • Real-Time Computing
    • Allows instant access to information
  • Downsizing and Decentralizing
    • Using a client/server approach
  • Data Mining
    • Allows technology to find valuable information
  • Databases and the Web
    • Information is available via a company’s Intranet and the Internet
next module
Next Module
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  • Internet and the Web