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Ch5-Essay - Essay 1 What is the purpose of a language...

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Essay 1. What is the purpose of a language translator? Answer: Language translators take a program written in a language that a human can understand (like C++, Java, or countless others) and translate it into the binary machine language that computers can understand. Difficulty level: Hard Page: 122 2. What are the four basic types of system software? Answer: Operating systems, utilities, device drivers, and language translators. Difficulty level: Hard Page: 123 3. What are the three basic functions of an operating system? Answer: The purpose of an operating system is to coordinate a computer’s resources, supply a user interface, and load and run applications. Difficulty level: Medium Page: 123 4. Describe the three categories of operating systems. Answer: Embedded operating systems are “hardwired” into devices such as PDA’s. Network operating systems are used to connect more than one computer together. Stand-alone operating systems control a single desktop or laptop computer.
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