What's it like to be a Developer?
A Developer is a computer science specialist who creates computer software and applications. They are proficient in the use of computer programming languages, which they use to write the ‘code’ which performs the software’s functions. Experienced Developers usually have a specialisation in one or more fields of software development, such as web development or database development.
Tasks and duties
- Gathering project requirements by liaising with stakeholders.
- Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
- Creating wireframes and virtual prototypes to illustrate project specifics.
- Using computer software to write and modify programming code.
- Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
- Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
- Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
- Developing testing and validation processes.
- Deploying code to the live environment.
Developers often work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. They interact with computers daily, and work in teams at IT companies or in the IT department of a broad range of technology–driven organisations. They may also work freelance servicing a list of clients.
What can I earn as a Developer?
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How to become a Developer
- Complete a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development.
- Aim to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Developers.
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