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/ IT; Use of Software as Countable Noun in German
|German term or phrase: Software (as countable noun)|
|This is a general question about the text I'm doing. Frequently in my text, Software is used as a countable noun. The abbreviations PVS (for patientenverwaltende Software) and BFS (for befundverarbeitende Software) are used throughout. But very often, the text will refer to e.g. "eine PVS" (i.e. eine patientenverwaltende Software) or "BFSe" (i.e. befundverarbeitende Softwares).|
The problem is, "software" is not a countable noun in English. We don't say "a software". We might say "a piece of software", but not "a software". "Softwares" also sounds very odd to me.
My way of working around this at the moment when I encounter this problem is to say something like "a PMS program" (i.e. a patient management software program). Is that the right approach, do you think? Or are there other workarounds that would be more appropriate? TIA for your help.
"Application" is misleading because it suggests that the programme is stand-alone executable. This, however, is usually not the case in large, network-based distributed systems.
"Module" goes in the right direction but is more often used for pre-compiled code (i.e. SW developer develops modules).
Therefore "SW components" for the countables.
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|I was leaning to "application" for a very long time, especially with all the "agrees" it got. However, Chris's comment about "software applications" being "technically un-informed" threw doubt into my head. Robert has further convinced me that "application" is not the way to go here after all. So, I'm going to go with Robert's suggestion of "software components". Thank you all very much for your help.|
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