All computers rely on software. These packets of programs instruct the computer what to do and when to do it. The video games that you play, the cell phone that you use, and the traffic lights that guide you to work all rely all on some type of software. Computer technology is so pervasive that it is almost impossible to live out your day without relying on software of some type. Even your coffee maker has computer technology in it. Software development has allowed us to transition into what we commonly call "modern society."
What exactly is software development?
Just as it sounds, software development is the study and improvement of software. As a specialist in this field, your job would be to help create newer and faster software, and to find new ways to apply existing software. In other words, you want to further integrate computer programs into the existing societal infrastructure.
Even if you are not 100% aware of it, you see the benefits of software development every day. In the past several years, for example, blogging has become extremely prevalent. MP3 players are another example of how software development has contributed to our lives. The real questions all are: where does it end, and where do you begin?
Beginning and end
Where you begin is very simple. Go to school and learn computer programming, computer science, or computer engineering. Even if you already possess the talent, most employers will expect you have completed some level of formal training. As to where software development ends, it seems to be limitless.
Publish date: February 10, 2011