Components in software development are pieces of the application
puzzle. Components encapsulate functionality into a reusable form that can
easily be included with your application. What is more, your development team
can be experts in database development and use a component written by a team
of imaging development experts. Your team inherits the other developers
image processing expertise. Components can extend the abilities of your team
to an infinite realm of possibilities, just by putting the pieces together.
In the instance of imaging technology, there are only rudimentary
routines for manipulating images in the various compilers. When a programmer
wants to do more than just "the basics", he may choose to use pre-built
third party components to add features to his software application that he
either does not have the time and/or the expertise to code himself.
For example: Let's say you are a database developer and
have just completed a rather complex data management application. You are
right at the deadline for delivery when the specs for the application change.
Now the client wants to supplement the data with corresponding images. An imaging
component for image format support will give you a "drag and drop"
way to support a wide variety of image types in your application.
You made the deadline and you didn't have to become familiar
with coding TIFF image format support! There are comprehensive component solutions
for various vertical markets.