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Lucas White

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Challenges faced by Software Developers


The Creative Minds behind the computer programmes are software developers. They develop complex softwares to perform the specific task in devices.

But it’s not that easy to develop software for any software developer, especially for beginners. Initially, they might face a lot of challenges while developing any software.

Software development is a dynamic industry today and building a high-quality product is the goal of every organization which creates challenges on every step for software developers. Thus they are struggling to be on top of new technologies for their profession.

Technical Challenge


Technical challenges are what you face normally while associating the core coding of software development. Some major challenges are:-

Not Understanding The Project:


Users may have their own opinion to build software but it creates difficulties for a developer as they barely get to interact with them directly.
The same problem occurs when you work on the unestablished project because every development project required a test and pre-production. Sometimes you get some complex project and it’s hard to cope up and work on each and every part of the project, single-handedly. In some cases, you might have to work on code written by another developer. This situation can cause problems for new developers.

Planning a project:


Planning a code is one of the important parts of software development. For building a good product you need proper planning. Because sometimes you might not get expected output after executing the code.

If you are a beginner so here are some tips to avoid such scenarios-

  • Always start with putting your ideas on paper rather than carrying them around in your head. It will help you to focus on what you are about to code.
  • Once you figure out the idea, start addressing the problems which your product will resolve.
  • As you get the problems, now think about the solutions for those problems.

Debugging:


When a software failed to execute properly. A developer debugs the software to identify and analyze the bug to resolve. It is considered as the most complex part because errors need to be resolved at all stages of debugging.

Usually, New programmers found these bugs ( App is crashing or some button is not working or not clickable ) from QA.
But some bugs are not easy to debug. This can lead to lost development time and endless frustration for new developers.

But bugs are common in programming, even best-written code can have them and they can be fixed.

Reproducing is a great idea to understand the errors and it will give you a good idea on how to resolve them. The tester who found the issue can help you to reproduce it.

Integration:


There are a lot of different technologies, systems and application which are integrated to third party application. But biggest problem in Integration is remained hidden during the development process. As a result, it leads to extra cost, delays, lower quality and sometimes even failure of the project.

Software developers should keep remembering these keys to perform software solution for the system-

  • Proper understanding of user requirement
  • Discover and research new technologies, design and develop a new solution and test them to ensure integration
  • Give more time research, development testing, and prototyping.

Security Challenges:

Security Challenges


Data is one of the crucial and valuable element of any organization. Some people might try to steel it. Security breaches are very high nowadays and almost every applications contain some kind of vulnerability.
Every client wants to keep their data safe from these threats and that is biggest responsibility of every developer.

* Few key points you should know:

  • Look beyond technology to improve the security of your software.
  • Perform all the essential core activities to produce a secure application.
  • Always use the latest version of programming language to develop software.

Operational Challenges


Operational challenges are less known in software development but they are more difficult to handle. These operational challenges also hit your technical challenges.

Being Collaborative:


Poor communication is a very common problem among new developers. Imagine you stuck somewhere while doing coding and you are unable to explain that issue with your team that could affect project cost, time and productivity.

This problem became more challenging when you have to work with different teams altogether. Despite having a sharp deadline you have to deliver a project in time while fixing the issues and bugs that occur during the testing period at a given time.

Keep Learning New Technologies:

learning new technology


This challenge is about learning new programming languages, the frameworks, the systems and algorithms. As technology update and expands, developers need to keep themselves updated with them because framework, tools, libraries became outdated with time.
Updates version are better than the previous ones and come with new features that make your job easier. Developers need to quickly adapt to them but new developers struggle a bit more because of less time.


Practising new codes will make you better in creating codes and can develop more innovative products.

Dealing with Mangement :

The software development industry is popular for its highest rate of projects failure. Most of them are over-budgeted, over timed and get low customer satisfaction due to poor managing staff.
Developers have to give an explanation to management staff if any projects failed or overbudgeted and anything else.

Requirements volatility:

Requirements Volatility (RV) is claimed to be a major source of risk to the management of software projects. Investigating the sources of, reasons for, and impacts of requirements changes is an important prerequisite for understanding the characteristics of requirements volatility.

A constant change in a project makes it more complex. This complexity became the biggest challenge for new developers as they are almost a learner.

There are some steps which can reduce their complexity –

  • Create a clear requirement document and confirm your understanding of the requirement.
  • define and understand the scope of the project.
  • You should consider UX from a start while developing a new project.
  • create prototypes for confirming and refined your final project requirements.

Quality:


Developers practice best code development to meet the requirements in a more efficient manner. Not reviewing the code or suppression errors will damage the quality assurance of the project.

A product goes through unit testing during the development. Testing the software or app or product in a separate test environment is critical for your software’s success. Developers have to make sure the test plan covers all the requirements in the test cycle to provide a quality product.

Key Challenges Faced By A Software Engineer

Challenges faced by Software Engineer


There are four key challenges for software engineer but these challenges need new tools and techniques as well as innovative ways of combining and using existing software engineering methods.

The Heterogeneity Challenge:


Heterogeneity is a composition of a software system which is made up of different languages and running on different systems by using different standard for communication. There’s simple variation between the components that run the software.
Systems are required to operate as a distributed system across the internet, including different types of computer and different types of supporting systems. Developing these techniques for building software that can cope with heterogeneous platforms and execution environment is key challenges for software engineers.

The Legacy Challenge:


The legacy challenge is a challenge of maintaining and updating software in such a way that excessive cost can be avoided and essential business service continues to be delivered.
The software systems which performs a critical business function now, were developed many years ago. We need to maintain and update them with time.

The Delivery Challenge:


Delivery is another biggest challenge for engineers. Some traditional techniques are time-consuming because they required to achieve software quality. But today’s business is dynamic and responsive hence software also needs to change equally.
You have to design a large and complex software system in a short time without compromising with system quality.

The Trust Challenge:


The software must be trusted. It is important that we trust the software we are using. Especially for those software systems which is accessed through by the web page or web service.
Engineers have to make sure about their developing techniques and demonstrate that, the software can be trusted by its user.


“The purpose of software engineering is to control complexity not to create it” –

Pamela Zave

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Lucas is a passionate software engineer with over fifteen years of experience developing software under both web and Windows environments. He specializes in Node.js and .NET frameworks, as well as React and AngularJS on the front-end. Lucas holds a Master’s degree in computer science and has worked with a variety of Agile teams. He communicates extremely well.

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