Software development is a planned process that entails the creation of software applications. It deals with writing and maintaining source codes. In a broader view, it concerns the design and implementation of programs to the final manifestation of working software.
Computer programming involves writing codes that control the operations of a computer or a machine. In technology, we have different techniques used to facilitate digital operations.
The fundamental of computing is software engineering. Engineering involves a lot, not just grabbing a harmer to hit something. With software development, the procedures are a bit complex.
It necessitates the transformation of abstract ideas into the real world working software. Software is something that you cannot touch but can experience its power.
Software is a set of instructions that do a meaningful job. How are you able to watch the TV program you like at home? The TV is hardware, but it relies on a set of inbuilt codes and instructions to display.
Software engineering involves planning, design, execution, testing, and deployment of applications. It follows a strict guideline or life-cycle. Without that, you cannot achieve the product you want.
Sometimes it can consume time and get costly, but as a passionate developer, it has never intimidated me!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single stride.
Definition of Software Engineering
Software engineering is a branch of computer science that includes the development and building of computer systems software and applications software.
Some of the careers you can take in software engineering are:
- Software engineer
- Chief technology officer
- Cybersecurity manager
- Video game designer
- Database designer
- User interface designer
- Network engineer
- Software publisher
To develop an application, you need to understand an appropriate computer language. Android applications rely on JAVA and Kotlin. A desktop application can run on C#, Objective-C, or JAVA.
There are tons of languages out there to explore. Do not fear to give them a try. A dreamer is always ready to venture into new things. A great place to start learning web programming is W3 Schools.
How to develop an application?
First, before developing an application, you must have an idea. The entire process involves teamwork. In that team, we can have: graphic designers (UI/UX designer), programmers, project managers, database designers, and developers, and the users of the application.
The software end-user is a vital part of the development. The users enable us to understand what the software should do. As engineers, we do not develop software for our use.
We target a specific audience that does not necessarily need to have engineering skills.
Once the conceptual design is up, it is time to execute. In that phase, the graphic designers and the user interface (UI) designers may work together to give us the application layout.
The database designer and the implementer can provide a database that will work with the application interface.
The software programmer does the actual coding. He ensures that the interface and the database have mutual coordination.
The project managers are always there to ensure that every stage of the development succeeds. They control all the processes. The managers can prepare work schedules, monitor project costs and time limits.
Finally, when the product is over, it must undergo testing before deployment.
If everyone is comfortable with the application, we can hand it over to the final user. That is when you will be able to download your favorite mobile app from Google Play.
Professionally, I am a software developer. I grew up loving to draw and sketching anything that came in my mind. That passion ushered me into the world of software development.
Wait, how is software development related to drawing? Well, I am a creative guy. I have a third eye, the eye of the mind. Anyone who draws can see things differently.
Do you remember the story of Leonardo da Vinci? He was an Italian painter, an artist of course. Through that, he developed extraordinary machines. His engineering skills were unquestionable!
With my case, I wanted to develop real software from abstract thinking. Once I view it with my third eye and sketch down whatever I want, I will do everything to get it! I use the same approaches to implement Graphic Design content and other UI/UX elements.
If you like my story, we can do something. Find me at Web and Graphix Technologies. Bring that next job!