What is the development process

What is the development process?

Development is the process of creating a new component of a software product or an entirely new software product altogether. Development may include not just programming, but also testing, documentation development, and other related activities.

The Basic Phases of Mobile App Development

  1. Analytics and ToR
  2. Drafting and development of the app’s design
  3. Android and iOS mobile app development
  4. Mobile app testing
  5. Publishing to app stores
  6. Mobile app technical support

Software Development Methodologies

There are several different approaches to software development. Some utilize a more structured engineering approach, while others take a more incremental approach that allows the software to evolve as it is developed one piece at a time. The chosen approach depends on the specifics of the project, budgeting, subjective preferences, and even the temperament of the developer or manager if the work is being carried out by a team.

Popular Software Development Approaches and Methodologies:

  • Waterfall
  • Incremental
  • Iterative
  • Agile
  • V-Model
  • Spiral

The Complexity of Software Development

Like other traditional engineering disciplines, software development deals with issues of quality, cost, and reliability. Some programs contain millions of lines of source code that are expected to execute correctly under changing conditions. The software complexity is comparable to that of the most complex modern machines, like airplanes.

Participants in the Software Development Process

The participants in a software development project are all individuals that that influence the system’s development. They are:

  • User
  • Customer
  • Developer
  • Project manager
  • Analyst
  • Tester
  • Supplier

Problems in Software Development

The most common problems that arise in the software development process are:

Lack of transparency. It’s difficult to know at any point in time a project’s current status and what percent of it is completed.

Lack of control. Without an accurate evaluation of the development process, schedules are missed and budgets are exceeded.

Lack of monitoring. The inability to observe a project’s progress means that its development can’t be managed in real time.

Uncontrolled changes. Consumers constantly have new ideas about the software that is being developed.

Insufficient reliability. The most difficult part of the process is finding and correcting errors in programs. Since the number of errors can’t be known in advance, it becomes impossible to predict how long debugging will take or guarantee that there will be no errors at the end.

Quality and reliability cannot be guaranteed because complete removal of errors in the program up to the formal delivery to the customer can also not be guaranteed.

Software Development Examples

Developing Custom Applications

When a ready-made software doesn’t meet a business’s specific needs, development must be ordered.

No-Code App Development

No-code platforms include intuitive visual interfaces that make it easy to create and run applications, even for non-programmers.

Mobile Application Development

Mobile app development is the process of creating applications that work on any mobile platform: Android and iOS.

Database Application Development

Database apps are designed to efficiently collect, organize, and manage information.

Enterprise Application Development

Enterprise apps are a type of software designed to serve large organizations.

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