Program, Application, and Software

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Thu Nov 18 02:16:34 CET 2010


On 18/11/2010 00:28, Ben Finney wrote:
> Alexander Kapps<alex.kapps at web.de>  writes:
>
>> On 17.11.2010 19:38, Boštjan Mejak wrote:
>>> What is the difference between a program, an application, and
>>> software?
>
> Alexander's guide is good. Some notes from a native speaker of English:
>
>> Program: A sequence of one or more instructions (even 'print "hello"'
>> is a valid Python program)
>
> Some like to sub-divide “script” as a type of program; I don't see the
> point, and refer to such things as programs.
>
[snip]

I'd probably say that a "script" is a program which is normally not
interactive: you just set it up, start it, and let it do its work (a
"batch script", for example). It's also written in a language primarily
designed for convenience rather than speed (Want to manipulate large
chunks of text? Fine! :-)).



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