Platform definition (informatics)

In computing, certain software and/or hardware with which an application is compatible and allows it to run.

A platform is, for example, an operating system, a large piece of software that serves as the basis for running certain applications compatible with it. Hardware architecture, programming languages ​​and their runtime libraries, video game consoles, etc. are also platforms.

There are cross-platform programs, which allow them to run on different platforms. There are also emulators, programs that allow programs from another to be executed from one platform, emulating their operation.

Platform in English.

What is a platform?

Platform can refer to the type of processor (CPU) or other hardware on which an operating system or application runs, the type of operating system on a computer, or the combination of the type of hardware and the type of operating system it runs on. l.

An example of a common platform is Microsoft Windows running on the x86 architecture.

Other popular desktop platforms include Linux/Unix and macOS, both of which are cross-platform.

However, there are many devices, such as smartphones, that are also effectively computing platforms, but are less often thought of that way.

Application software can be written to depend on the characteristics of a particular platform, be it the hardware, the operating system, or the virtual machine on which it runs.

The Java platform is a virtual machine platform that runs on many operating systems and types of hardware, and is a common platform for software to be written on.

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Multi platform

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