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    Advances in the field of computer technology have captured the interest of millions of people across the globe because of the tremendous benefits that computer technology has been providing in the last 50 years. At present, almost all routine activities are being directly carried-out by this electronic tool. More so, the computer has reduced the volume of workload that an individual has to accomplish in several fields such as the following:

    • Home • Education • Communication • Transportation • Weather prediction • Banking • Medical science • Business

    Renowned for its speed, accuracy, reliability, and integrity, the computer can simultaneously execute millions of instructions in a second without committing any error or mistake.

    Q: But how do computers perform their tasks?

    A: They are composed of two major components, the hardware and the software or freeware, which is working simultaneously to bring out expected results and solutions.

    Hardware refers to the physical parts of the computer, including CPU, monitor, keyboard, RAM, motherboard, among others.

    Software is the common term for the organized collection of programs, instructions, and data that are processed by computers to accomplish assigned tasks. Everything is “virtual.” Usually embedded programs consist of lines of code.

    Q: Who develops or builds computer freeware?

    A: The person who designs and develops computer programs is often referred to as a software engineer. He does his work by using different types of programming languages such as:

    • Procedural programming language • Structure programming language • Object-oriented language

    Q: How does a person become a freeware engineer and what are the possible ways to acquire a technical know-how in this type of field or industry?

    A: There are courses and academic programs being offered to students to be able to penetrate and be competent in the industry. The following lists are possible ways to obtain expertise in this industry:


    If you wish to become an expert in this industry then you need to finish a degree or program in one of the following areas:

    Computer Science - Here, students are taught the theoretical and mathematical foundations of computing in both hardware and freeware designs of a computer, as well as the transformation and transfer of information. If you want to work with business giants such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, or Google, then obtaining a degree in Computer Science will be the most appropriate curriculum for you.

    Computer Engineering - This extensively deals on the workings of computer systems: digital hardware and computers and the built-in software that make them run. A computer engineer deals with the design, development, and maintenance of computer systems.

    Software Engineering - It is an undergraduate academic degree in the field of freeware development for computers and Information Technology. This field is also focused on the techniques and theories of modern programming design and development.

    Information Technology - The main focus of this program is the development, management, and use of computer-based Information System on freeware, hardware, and networking.

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    To be a well-rounded engineer in the industry, obtaining an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education is one of the best possible ways. ICT schools prepare students to be research-oriented and knowledgeable enough to meet the demands of the industry for state-of-the-art solutions. Q: Do universities and colleges in the Philippines offer software engineering courses?

    A: In the Philippines, on the other hand, as the country recognizes the prospering industry of program development, not only locally but also in many other industrialized countries, several universities, colleges, and ICT schools are offering the above-mentioned courses. CIIT, an established ICT school offers a topnotch curriculum to future freeware engineers that guarantees to produce world-class program developers.

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