Join Jungwoo Ryoo for an in-depth discussion in this video Careers in software engineering, part of Developer Career Paths and Certifications.
- [Narrator] What does the term "IT Developer" mean to you? I bet, for many of you, coding comes to mind immediately. Well, I think development involves a varying degree of writing lines of code, but the job title is quite broad. It can mean many entirely different career paths trajectories depending on the problem domains they address, and how much of what they deal with on a daily basis is related to software development.
A big portion of IT developers are software developers whose primary responsibilities revolve around producing software. We actually have an official name for this flavor of IT developer, which is "software engineering." Software engineering further specializes itself by focusing on a certain aspect of software production it touches on. These specializations include: requirements analysis, software architecture, programming, quality assurance, or QA, testing and deployment.
These reflect tasks that need to be completed at various steps of software development. For example, requirements analysis sets off a software development project because you need to understand what users want before even thinking about writing a single line of code. Software architecture is another important aspect and provides a structure germane to desired overall behaviors of software, such as performance and security.
Under the guidance of a software architect, software developers design their software solutions and implement them in code. Testing and QA insure that the implemented code conforms to the requirements, both functional and non-functional. Finally, the software is ready to be installed in a production environment and "deployment" refers to this process. I bet that many of you are surprised to hear that there are such many specializations in software engineering, and eager to learn more about them.
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