If you are thinking about producing some software – be it for use within your company, as a B2B solution, or a customer-facing app – you will need to make sure that you know all about the development process first. Even if you intend to outsource the balance of the work, having a decent grasp of what is actually involved in software development will help you to, firstly, source the right tech firm to do that work, and secondly, understand what kind of changes you might want to suggest along the way. This can be tricky stuff to learn however, especially if you are a complete beginner, and it’s helpful to begin with just a few examples of what you might need to focus on. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the important stages of software development, so that you can begin to wrap your head around it.
The Initial Build
Once the code has been written and compiled (which just means the code is put together into an object file, or multiple object files), those objects are then linked together by a linking software to ensure that they communicate with one another properly. After that, there comes the building of the software, so that it can actually be run as an executable file in the normal way that we are all familiar with. This initial build is important, because it shows you how much has gone right and wrong along the way – important for knowing what changes to make – and because it allows for excitement at actually seeing it in action, which will help to spur you on. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the initial build, sdo that you and your team can feedback what could be better.
In many ways, developing software is like producing any kind of product or service: you need to make sure that it is as good a quality as possible before it is released to the public, or used privately in a formal manner. The process of checking the software for any snags or problems is often referred to as Quality Assurance, or QA for short. Following a QA blog is certainly a good means of ensuring that you know what to do during this part of the process – and it might also be a sensible idea to make sure that you are armed with the best minds you can find on software development. They will be able to point out things you might not have known yourself, which could mean that you find more problems to fix.
Finally, you have of course the most important stage of all – the release. This is vital whether it is customer-facing or just for personal use: in any case, it is something which you will want to be ready for, as it is a huge moment. You will probably also find it to be an especially exciting moment, as it will be the first chance to see the software in all of its full glory.