‘Software developers conceive of, design, and build computer programs. Some develop new applications for mobile or desktop use, while others build underlying operating systems. Either way, software developers identify user needs, build programs, test out new software, and make improvements.’ ComputerScience

So the smartphone app you rely on, the computer game you can’t put down, the program that helps you budget and track expenditure, the systems you use to run a successful business….that’s what a software developer does!!

There are two main classifications of software developers: applications software developers and systems software developers. Both are the creative, brainstorming genius’ behind every type of computer program.

A software developer will also:

  • Assess software throughout development to ensure exceptional quality and user experience
  • Create code for both new and existing applications and systems
  • Perform maintenance on existing software to ensure that it remains free of bugs and errors
  • Improve existing software where necessary, such as modifying the coding
  • Consult with clients, project managers and other individuals regarding the status of development on a project
  • Write operation manuals and similar instructions of use in preparation for uploading to the public market
  • Submit reports following the development of a new piece of software

What is the difference between an application software developer and a systems software developer?

An application software developer is responsible for designing computer or mobile applications. Their role in the project is largely focused on creating solutions for consumers, it involves understanding the target market, and the user needs, developing the software solutions and modifying programs as necessary. Systems software developers, on the other hand, focus on operating system-level software, compilers and network distribution software – solutions mainly required by enterprise-level organisations. A software systems developer will develop software for industrial military, industrial, communications, business, aerospace and general computing applications.

Developing new software solutions, for either consumers or enterprises, is not something that can be designed solely by one individual – a software developer needs to work with many different teams and have certain transferable skills to complement their technical knowledge. These skills include:

1. The ability to problem solve

The whole point of developing software is to create a solution to solve a user’s problem. Programming essentially is an exercise in problem-solving and troubleshooting – being able to patiently and strategically deal with potential bugs or issues in code is a big part of a developer’s job.

2. Teamwork

It is often assumed that developers work in a silo but this is not the case at all! No matter what type of developer you are, you will often spend a lot of your time teaming up with other developers and programmers to create a prime product for the user. Developers require excellent communication skills, empathy and the ability to collaborate with others.

3. Strategic and Analytical

Developers approach a project by looking at the bigger picture and then the smaller steps required to get to the end result in the most efficient way. Strategic and analytical planning goes into creating software programmes – it’s about figuring out the fastest or most efficient path from point A to point B

4. Intrinsic motivation

Creating software can be time-consuming and laborious – a developer’s main skill is never to give up, no matter what problem is highlighted there is a solution!

At JC Designs our team of software developers have extensive experience in a wide range of current programming languages, and our IT Support Engineers are Microsoft and CompTIA qualified. They all undertake continuous training to keep abreast of the latest technology and future-proofing the award-winning systems we design.

If you have a software development project in mind please get in touch.