The term "software development" may be used to refer to the activity of computer programming, which is the process of writing and maintaining the source code, but in a broader sense of the term it includes all that is involved between the conception of the desired software through to the final manifestation of the software, ideally in a planned and structured process. Therefore, software development may include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products.

There are several different approaches to software development, much like the various views of political parties toward governing a country. Some take a more structured, engineering-based approach to developing business solutions, whereas others may take a more incremental approach, where software evolves as it is developed piece-by-piece. Most methodologies share some combination of the following stages of software development:

  • •   Analyzing the problem
  • •   Market research
  • •   Gathering requirements for the proposed business solution
  • •   Devising a plan or design for the software-based solution
  • •   Implementation (coding) of the software
  • •   Testing the software
  • •   Deployment
  • •   Maintenance and bug fixing

These stages are often referred to collectively as the software development lifecycle, or SDLC. Different approaches to software development may carry out these stages in different orders, or devote more or less time to different stages. The level of detail of the documentation produced at each stage of software development may also vary. These stages may also be carried out in turn (a “waterfall” based approach), or they may be repeated over various cycles or iterations (a more "extreme" approach). The more extreme approach usually involves less time spent on planning and documentation, and more time spent on coding and development of automated tests. More “extreme” approaches also promote continuous testing throughout the development lifecycle, as well as having a working (or bug-free) product at all times. More structured or “waterfall” based approaches attempt to assess the majority of risks and develop a detailed plan for the software before implementation (coding) begins, and avoid significant design changes and re-coding in later stages of the software development life cycle planning.

Software Development Courses

  • •   Java Platform : J2EE, J2ME, J2SE, Application Servers (Web Sphere, WebLogic, Tomcat), Portal Servers
  • •   Microsoft Platform : Dot Net (ASP.Net, VB.Net, C#, ADO.Net)
  • •   Systems Platform : CGI – Perl/ PHP/MOD – Perl C/C++
  • •   Databases : Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL