The ACM Computing Curricula 2005defined "computing" as follows:"In a general way, we can define computing to mean any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating computers. Thus, computing includes designing and building hardware and software systems for a wide range of purposes; processing, structuring, and managing various kindsof information; doing scientific studies using computers; making computer systems behave intelligently; creating and using communications and entertainment media; finding and gathering information relevant to any particular purpose, and so on. The list is virtually endless, and the possibilities are vast."and it defines five sub-disciplines of the computingfield: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, information technology, and Software Engineering.However, Computing Curricula 2005also recognizes that the meaning of "computing" depends on the context:Computing also has other meanings that are more specific, based on the context in which the term
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