Software development as a whole is described as the process of conceiving, specifying, designing, programming, documenting, testing and bug fixing involved in creating and mantaining applications, frameworks or other software components. Software developments is therefore a creative process of writing and mantaining the source code, but in the sense that it will include both the initial idea and the development itself.
Developed for a wide variety of scopes, software development will be needed by customers from different areas of expertise, but most of these processes will be a combination of the following stages :
– complex market research
– the gathering of requirements for the proposed business solution
– analysing the main problem that arrised in the first place
– making up a plan or a design for the software-based solution
– the coding of the software itself
– testing of the software created
– the maintenance and solving of any bug that may arrise
Carried out in a “waterfall” based approach, these stages are usually called SDLC and they can also be repeated over various cycles or iterations. The repeating of these cycles is however quite a extreme solution, as it involves using many more resources and it can be exhausting. Because it will require a vast documentation, we must understand and take into consideration that this approach will promote more testing of the software itself.
The more structured approach that is the “waterfall” approach is one that attempts to asses the risks involved, develop a detailed plan and then begin the implementation or the coding, thus avoiding significant design changes in later stages of software development.
Because there are so many approaches, we can help you identify which the best solution is and will be for your company, your team and the results that you are expecting from the process itself. Planned ahead or working as it goes along, documented or based on practical approaches, software development solutions are now just a click away.