Types of Software Development Jobs
Have you ever wondered what's possible as a software developer? Do you see it just as programming for web? In fact, that's quite far from the truth. Software development spans devices, platforms and form factors well beyond the web. Some key examples of types of software development include:
The golden child of the current and future generations of coders, developing for the web means coding those many web-pages you look at over your morning coffee. It's diverse and ranges in complexity, from a < h1 > “Hello World” < /h1 > to many dozens of interconnected files only the original developer knows how to organize.
Web development today is exploding thanks to the emergence of new web technologies and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which let websites “plug in” to other useful features. The Web today can deliver ‘apps’ that feel native, because browsers now are so much more than an URL bar and an Ad-blocker these days.
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The objective of designing a site is to ensure that when the users open up the site they see the information in a format that is easy to read and relevant. This is further complicated by the fact that users now use a large variety of devices with varying screen sizes and resolutions thus forcing the designer to take into consideration these aspects when designing the site. They need to ensure that their site comes up correctly in different browsers (cross-browser), different operating systems (cross-platform) and different devices (cross-device), which requires careful planning on the side of the developer.
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These are the programs and the development that goes on behind the scenes to make sure the front-end program churning away does so without bringing half your computer to a standstill.
It's more than just OS system development, however. Linux servers often need customized scheduling for tasks they perform, and for this, a special scripting utility called cron is used. Cronjobs are scripted by developers to allow scheduled maintenance or background utilities to run, but they're in fact versatile enough to automate essentially any task on your choice of Unix-like OSes
Finally, database management is a prime candidate for back-end development. Database development is literally the backbone of any system that holds large amounts of data to be organized. Think companies’ client database, or bigger still to Facebook’s user database. One billion users’ details have to be organized somehow, and back-end developers make this their job.
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The term full-stack means developers who are skilled in working with both back-end and front-end technologies
Full-stack developers don't need to master all of the areas and technologies, because that just makes it nearly impossible, they just need to be comfortable working with those technologies, and that's a lot too.
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This one was unheard of 9 years ago, but today it's all the rage. This one could better be described as “App Development” (there's the contraction) and involves creating anything to run on mobile devices, such as iPhones, Android devices, and yes, the Windows 10 platform. Most popular OS's offer their own programming languages but some traditional languages can be used as well.
The versatility of mobile development allows anything from Candy Crush games, to console-like quality games in the palm of your hand. Games aren't the only thing to focus on either; there are all sorts of apps for pretty much anything, from the ordinary, like finding where the best place to eat is or catching up with news, to the random, such as telling you how much of water you should drink daily, or turning your photographed face into a zombie.
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There are several different specialty types of developers out there and learning which one is right for you will help you on your path to a rewarding career.
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