Most of us don’t even know what software development means. Let me explain. Basically it means that someone works to develop or create new software, usually to meet the needs of business owners, for the personal use of the user, or to supply the potential needs of a client.
Developing new software usually is perceived as ‘computer programming’ to most people. That is only part of the process. There is much research that has to be done in the development of new software programs. This often involves many modifications, engineering and re-engineering, and maintenance of the finished product before it is declared ready for use by the general public.
The software developer is usually someone who’s main concern is with the many facets of the process. Their involvement is often guided by lead programmers during the developing of the software programs. It often takes a long time and no small amount of luck to develop a program that is finally free of glitches typically found in new software programs.
Programmers are the people who typically write the source codes, and the developers are often involved in many other aspects of the process, including, but not limited to specifications, designs, implementations and maintenance to name a few. Certain employees may have a single responsibility in just one of these phases of development, yet in a smaller place of business, it might be that just one employee would take on all of the tasks involved.
Companies take different approaches to how they develop software. Often it is regimented and structured when it pertains to business software. Other companies develop the software one step at a time. However the approach, there are some of the same combinations of methodologies used in the development of new programming.
A methodology in software language means a framework is developed that will structure the development process of new informational systems. Many frameworks have been used over a period of years, and what might be right for one project may not necessarily work for another. This is why new frameworks are being developed and used more often.
The same strategies are employed in both large and small companies. All involved employees would meet to discuss requirements, and proposals and recommendations are usually made at this time. The design work is worked out and clarified. Anything that needs to be updated is done now, and the developers can begin the job or working on the system. Once all this is completed, the system is delivered. Security measures are tested, and any glitches or bugs are worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. The system is deemed complete and is now ready to be distributed and used.
So, there you have it. The capsulized version of how new software is developed, and a brief discussion on who does the work that brings new and exciting developments to the software field. Assuredly there is a lot more to it than what I have discussed, but I think I have included enough information to give one a general idea behind it all.