Unit 4 Reading Activity Plus Questions

Read the following text and then complete the activities that follow.

The Software Development Cycle

Without software applications, it would be very hard to actually perform any meaningful task on a computer unless one was a very talented, fast, and patient programmer. Applications are meant to make users more productive and get work done faster. Their goal should be flexibility, efficiency, and user-friendliness.

Today there are thousands of applications for almost every purpose, from writing letters to playing games. Producing software is no longer the lonely profession it once was, with a few random geeks hacking away in the middle of the night. Software is a big business and the development cycle goes through certain stages and versions before it is released.


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Quiz: Reading Questions

1. An alpha version and a release candidate are the same thing.
2. A help file is often included in freeware.
3. Shareware is very often a feature-limited version of a final release.
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