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A Profile of the Software Industry by Sandra A. Slaughter

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Chapter 1

Software Basics

This book focuses on companies that produce and sell software—either for hire or for the mass market. Before you can truly understand the ­software industry and how it works, you really need to understand its key product: software.

This chapter is a bit technical, but important. It describes what software is and how it is created. It then describes the basic types of software products and related services that companies in the software industry produce and describes what types of companies the software industry includes (as the focus of this book) and what types of companies it does not.

What Is Software

Computer software or software refers to computer instructions that control the functioning of computer hardware and ...

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