Talk Code To Me, Software Development Process
Do you remember your first mobile phone? Big, heavy, horrible specs, super bad camera or none at all…are those memories coming back? Now, compare it with your current phone. We all agree so much has changed from the physical appearance to the user interface. It is pretty evident that technology is accelerating at a rapid pace and we are becoming further dependent on it for every purpose. The demand for software is also rising considering the fact that we use them for simple and basic things like ordering food, accessing health care and also education.
Today we will talk about software development process. A software process (also known as software methodology) is a set of related activities that leads to the production of the software. These activities may involve the development of the software from the scratch or modifying an already existing system.
A good software process is repeatable, predictable, learnable, measurable, improvable. These characteristics allow the process to be reused and improved over time.
This is the first step in software development. It involves extracting the requirements of a desired software product which is the first task in creating it. It may require skill and experience in software engineering to recognize incomplete, ambiguous or contradictory requirements.
This step is about analyzing the performance of the software at various stages and making notes on additional requirements. Analysis is very important to proceed further to the next step. It involves developing concepts, terminology, and relationships essential to the software and its behavior.
In this stage, the software is designed by the designer. Here the analyst and the designer work together in designing the software. This step helps remove possible flaws by setting a standard and attempting to stick to it.
This involves writing and compiling code for the individual software components. The actual task of developing the software starts here with data recording going on in the background. Once the software is developed, the stage of implementation comes in where the product goes through a pilot study to see if it’s functioning properly.
The testing stage assesses the software for errors and documents bugs if there are any. When the software is ready it is sent to the testing department where quality analysts test it thoroughly for different errors by performing test cases.
Once the software passes through all the stages without any issues, it is to undergo a maintenance process wherein it will be maintained and upgraded from time to time to adapt to changes. Maintaining and enhancing software to cope with newly discovered problems or new requirements can take far more time than the initial development of the software.