Glossary of computer software terms

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This glossary of computer software terms lists the general terms related to computer software, and related fields, as commonly used in Wikipedia articles.

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a centralized, hierarchical namespace structure where each element in the hierarchy can have multiple attributes.[citation needed]
Application code
executable program code running a user application, distinct from library code or underlying operating system code[citation needed]
BASIC
Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code - a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use.[citation needed]
Virus
a computer program that can replicate itself and spread from one computer to another. The term "virus" is also commonly, but erroneously, used to refer to other types of malware, including adware and spyware programs that do not have a reproductive ability.[citation needed]
memory access pattern
the pattern with which a piece of software reads and writes memory, with implications for performance and security.[citation needed]
library code
software components re-usable between multiple applications[citation needed]
operating system code
software implementing an operating system[citation needed]
kernel service
Routines that provide the runtime kernel environment to programs executing in kernel mode. Kernel extensions call kernel services, which resemble library codes. In contrast, application programs call library routines. [1]

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