The Basics of Software Development


No modern enterprise, be it a business company, hospital, busy restaurant or an educational establishment, can survive without reliance on high quality software products. Without the correct customized software the running of any organization becomes a burdensome issue. Software helps automate common but monotone tasks people do every day, and as a result helps users save time and concentrate on solving more important problems. Software development is the sum total of all actions and processes that lead to creating a software product. The process can be very short or very complicated, spanning weeks or even months, depending on the scope of the project, the complexity of goals set and the amount of tasks to perform.

Usually software development begins with planning the product and doing market research. Beside research, the most important aspect of good software is well-set goals for the project that determine the success of the process. At this stage research may be related to find out what software already exists and whether it could be modified to fit the needs of the client, or whether new development should be started right away. Software developers discuss such important aspects as the requirements for the future product, the problems the client faces to be solved with the help of the software, the basic elements the software should have and set a clear goal for the whole project. A careful plan or detailed design of the future software is drawn and work to develop the product begins. In the process of coding the software solution, many configurations to the original plan can take place. Re-engineering as a result of testing the pilot product is common, together with bug-fixing and other actions taken in order to improve the software.

Depending on how complex the problem is, software development may contain all or only some of the mentioned stages. Some projects can be started without research and radical configurations. More ambitious software solutions require lots of effort and numerous attempts to improve the end product on the part of the whole team from programmers to testers. Some approaches involve testing and bug-fixing at the end of the development process, when the software solution is ready, others focus on continuous testing and bug-fixing through the project to arrive at the solution that is problem-free and easy to maintain. Keeping the dialogue ongoing between the client and the development team is an integral part of the overall success. It assures the high quality and excellent implementation of the end product.



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