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Software and internet development has been one of the fastest growing careers in recent decades, since not only the arrival of computers in mainstream everyday, business and personal life, but also due to the explosion of the internet. Software development principally refers to the programming of computer programmes that help make computers faster, more efficient and more powerful. Software development begins at conception stage and individuals carry it right through to development, implementation and maintenance.
In recent years, the need to have a strong online presence has increased drastically, with almost every type of organisation pumping lots of money into their own websites. Therefore, the internet/web development industry has grown rapidly, dealing with, quite literally, the development of websites. This increasingly competitive sector relies on people with a variety of roles and talents, from technical development to design.
There are three main fields in which software development is most heavily used: custom programmes are developed for individual clients with specific needs, usually business orientated; commercial programmes are built for everybody, for both personal and business use; and personal, individually built programmes can be constructed by an individual or a team.
Quality control has become all-important in the world of software and internet development. There are millions of designers and users now and products must function as expected. Testing has become a priority.
There is a strict process to software development in the following order:
Ultimately the main jobs involved within internet development come under three main headings: how websites look; how websites feel; and training others to use the internet and its associated features.