Whether you are considering hiring a software developer or pursuing a career as one, understanding what these individuals do day-to-day can shed some light on your decision making process.
The main job of a software developer is to put together code in applications that are being created or fixing code in programs that have already been created but are not quite working as they should. Sometimes people in this field are called “engineers” or “programmers” because of what they do. The main goal is to create, develop, and perfect computer applications and programs that are either used within companies or sold to the general public.
These professionals go through a certain cycle every time they develop a new program. The first step is planning. Here they have to decide how they are going to accomplish what the customer wants done. Most people who hire these individuals have a vague idea in mind of what they want the program to do, but they have no idea how that will actually look. Sometimes, getting a clear picture of what the client wants requires several interviews and even some code demonstrations to show the client what can and cannot be accomplished. If you are going to work with one of these individuals, pay attention to these demonstrations, and work with the programmer to fine-tune your plans.
Once the goal has been determined, a plan will be mapped out that includes a basic design. At this point, the software developer will need to begin implementing the code they will use for the project. This requires a lot of trial and error to find the perfect series of codes to perform the task at hand. Testing can be a long, drawn-out process, but is absolutely necessary. Along the way, the programmer will need to document the code and other aspects of the program that have been created. This will help with later maintenance of the program.
Once the program is fully functional and has been properly tested, it will be released, either for sale or for the client that has requested it. At this point, the programmer’s job may be done. However, sometimes the programmer will be called on to make adjustments and fix problems that arise with the coding. Often, a software developer will find that maintaining the programs he or she develops and dealing with problems as the user interacts with it requires more time then the initial development, so this is a vital part of the job.
So, whether you are planning to become a software developer or are in the market for one, you now know a little more about what they do and what the development process entails. The length of time it takes will vary depending on the complexity of the project, but it can be quite long, especially with highly detailed programs. This career is not for the faint of heart, but in today’s tech-savvy world, it is a high demand one, so definitely one worth considering.