What is software development?

Software is everywhere we look. Everything from our TVs, to our cars to our mobile phones have software running in them.

Software is steps that instruct hardware to perform in specific ways. Hardware are the electronic devices we as humans can touch, see and hear.

In today’s society it is impossible to live without software, everything we do is linked to software in some way. We use software to give our selves super powers that our ancestors could have never imagined.

Software development is the process of creating software programs, small software programs can be built by one person but it is common for teams of software developers and other software development professionals to work together to achieve a bigger goal.

The first software was created by Tom Kilburn on June 21, 1948 at the University of Manchester in England. This first piece of software took 52 minutes to correctly compute the greatest divisor of 2 to the power of 18 (262,144). The hardware was primitive as was the way software was created, people used things called punch cards to create instructions for the first computers. Now the software we use can do things much more complex and much faster.

The simplest way to create software is to learn a programming language and start writing but soon you will find that there just isn’t enough time in the day and so you will need more people to join and as you grow a team there are various roles that are needed. You will find people with titles like Business Analyst (BA), Software Engineer, Quality Analyst (QA), Product Manager(PM), User Experience Designer(UXD) and many more.

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Why Software Is Eating the World

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