What do you call the stuff on your laptop/desktop computer that has an icon, you click it, and it opens a window?
@cassidyjames an icon.
@cassidyjames A computer application.
@cassidyjames a launcher.
@cassidyjames web interface to iot smart home device that can open a window
@cassidyjames Program, Application or Game
Main distinction to me is:
I do something with it, like Photoshop -> it's a program
It does something simple for me, like convert video files -> it's an application
It's a game, like Diablo -> it's a game
@gaeel @cassidyjames That's kind of a strange way to differentiate: I guess the common understanding of the word app/application is based on the 'smartphone application' which is usually just a tiny program that consumes data. However, everything you just mentioned is a program.
I'd explain it with subtype Polymorphism:
Program is an Interface, game is a subtype of that interface. Application, well, I guess I'd say it's a program that has a user facing interface.
@cassidyjames apparently the poll is already closed, but I call it a shortcut (as that is what Microsoft called it since I think Windows 95)
@cassidyjames shortcut or launcher ?
@cassidyjames Usually "app", but I rarely feel a need to refer to the general concept.
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