Key Practices every software developer should follow

by Anna Kane , 2 weeks ago

Software development has become one of the most in demand as well as demanding jobs in the modern world and for good reason. The requirement for high quality, complicated software systems continues to rise with the evolution and growth of technology and technology systems. As a software developer, you need to ensure that you implement a set of best practices that help you achieve your identified target goals within the dedicated space of time and using the resources available in the best possible manner.

 

These key best practices enable any and all software developers to be adequately prepared for the challenges that may arise during the lifecycle of the product. It helps you manage the expectations that your clients have from you and mitigate the risks that may come along with a difficult or complicated project.

 

Keeping these principles in mind as you embark on your next software development project, you can mold yourself to become even more consistent and professional than you already are. While some of these concepts may seem pretty straightforward, you may be surprised to find just how many individuals fail to pay regard to them when operating on the field.

 

CREATE A BLUEPRINT

Simplify things for yourself and lay it all out clearly so you do not end up running around like a headless chicken. Setting short and long term goals for yourself or your team and coming back to the drawing board multiple times during the development process gives a lot of direction. Make sure that the client is always kept in the loop through constant communication and that their project requirements are updated every step of the way. You should have a clear idea of what your product should and should not be able to do.

 

TESTING, TESTING, TESTING

This should go without saying but some more emphasis doesn’t hurt: testing your product before sending it off to your client is the biggest favor you can do for yourself as a developer. Testing has become an especially simple and convenient step of the process thanks to modern technology and automated systems that enable you to create simulations using various algorithms. Using these testing tools, you can dig out a number of bugs and issues that your client may have faced later on had you not chosen to test your product before launch.

 

VISUAL AIDS

One thing you will find helps a lot of software developers is using visual aids to help simplify relatively complex projects. You will find a number of tools and software out there that allow developers like you to break down your seemingly complicated project into various layers and visualize them in order of occurrence and priority so you have a clear idea of the software architecture and timeline from the beginning of the project. This also encourages the elimination of the possibility of miscommunication and errors that can very easily be avoided by mapping out the project.

 

POST DEPLOYMENT ANALYSIS

Analysis is a big part of the software development process. It enables you to determine whether or not the system’s performance is satisfactory and allows you to address any immediate concerns that may hamper the function of the software. But many developers fail to address software analysis once the project has been launched. Post deployment software enables you to visualize and fix any issue that may arise once the client starts to use the finished software- issues that may not have become apparent when you were running review and test simulations.

 

UPDATING

Keeping a software functional after it has been deployed for practical use with real life people is just as important as testing it during the development process, if not more. Any downtime can cause significant damage and loss to your client and leave them dissatisfied with your services. That is why consistent updates and maintenance is important to ensure the quality of the performance of the software at regular intervals after it has been deemed as complete. Some of the most commonly arising issues deal with incompatibility and failure of consistent system performance on various kinds of devices.

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