Software Development

How to join the coding club...

Software development is a booming career sector - in this increasingly digital age, practically every company now has a team of software engineers working away to build and maintain the technology behind every app, website or programme that enables a company to interact with their customers, provide them with a service and/or process their purchases/activities.

Software developers go by a whole range of different names: engineers, coders, programmers, techies (!)...and it’s a broad job description that covers a lot of different roles:

  • You might be a front-end developer, which means you work on the visual and interactive elements of a website or programme - the parts that a customer directly sees and uses. You’ll be responsible for incorporating things like branding and easy navigation into the user experience.
  • You might be a back-end developer, which means you write the logic and core functionality of a programme - the data processing and operational flow that runs a digital experience. For an app like GoogleMaps, this would mean writing the code for the programme that calculates the length of a journey behind the scene in real time, for example.
  • You might be more of a tester, looking out for bugs in the software, diagnosing the problem and fixing it to get things back to normal.
  • You might specialise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) - it would be your job to write the programme that intelligently responds to a set of circumstances/available information and decides on a course of action to successfully achieve a set goal, all without human input.

Computer science comes with its own set of languages too, and most software engineers will specialise in a single language. The tech team of a company will decide what language they want to write their software in, based on what is best suited to carry out the job for them, and they will then hire a team of developers who can write in that computing language. Some of the most common coding languages include:

  • JavaScript
  • Swift (released by Apple in 2014, this is a programming language for developing native iOS apps)
  • Python
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • C
  • C++
  • HTML (this is basic website script)
  • Elixir

Although software engineers often have a background in maths or physics, there are actually plenty of entry routes into software development. This is because those with a real passion for computing have usually taught themselves how to code in their spare time, or enrolled on specific online courses to develop their skills, often whilst still at school. It is easy to demonstrate ability with a portfolio of projects, meaning that qualifications that are required in other jobs can be overlooked in favour of concrete examples of programming experience.

Software developers tend to love their job because it brings together problem-solving, a practical, hands-on mindest and creativity to make for a varied and challenging role, with the satisfaction of having built a real product at the end of it all!

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