Modern software development requires knowledge of many aspects, because programs are nowadays split into different parts. Even those parts are often split into sub-parts. This has everything to do with the fact that the way we use software has changed completely. Just a decade ago most software was distributed as a binary and run on your desktop. Nowadays most applications also have a web and mobile version. Of course, all of these elements have to be in touch with each other, so that users have the freedom to pick the most suitable client.
For this reason we didn’t want to specialize into a particular part of software development. Instead, we want to offer our clients a complete range of software development services, so that we can take care of software development projects from A to Z.
The parts of which a software project usually exists:
The backend of a software project can be, depending on the size of the project, a simple server instance, but also a complex micro-service architecture with thousands of services running on many servers. This is the part that users usually don’t see, but what serves all the connecting clients. A good backend should be as small as possible, but also scalable for future growth and failure resistant.
Backends can run on bare metal computers, but are also often in the cloud. Both ways have benefits and disadvantages. A backend infrastructure is the heart of an application, so it’s important to get it done right.
Clients are the parts of software that end-users use. Nowadays one piece of software often has many clients and users often switch from client to clients depending on their actual situation. Below we’ll explain the most common clients, however there are even more clients.
Most applications nowadays are available via the web. And that’s perfectly understandable, because the web offers one of the cheapest ways to distribute an application, while reducing the costs of development, as desktop applications are much harder and therefore more expensive to develop.
Mobile app development has become more popular over the years and users often expect a mobile version of their popular web or desktop apps in their app store. However, mobile app development requires good planning from the start of the project. Not only do mobile apps work differently than web or desktop apps, also there are different mobile platforms, such as Google’s Android and Apple’s IOS. Each platform uses different tools and programming languages for native app development.
Over the years tools have been developed to create so-called hybrid application frameworks for mobile apps. These frameworks offer app development targeted for both frameworks via a single code base, but often paid for in performance.
Thus, it’s of utter importance to pick the right tools to build a mobile app, so that users will have the best user experience.
Although desktop applications are losing in popularity there’s still a significant amount of applications being developed for use on desktops. When it’s about desktop software we bump into the same issue as with mobile app development: Different platforms. The three most popular platforms are Windows, OS/X and Linux. And again we need to ask: Are we going to develop natively for every platform or use a tool or framework to target all platforms with a single code base? The right choice depends on different factors and should be well considered before starting any software project.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider regarding software development. Of course, you’re not on your own. Our specialists can help you to pick the right development, deployment and maintenance strategy to get your software ideas developed as fast as possible.