Software Development From A to Z: A Deep Dive into all the Roles Involved in the Creation of Software

  • 4h 24m
  • Olga Filipova, Rui Vilão
  • Apress
  • 2018

Understand the big picture of the software development process. We use software every day – operating systems, applications, document editing programs, home banking – but have you ever wondered who creates software and how it’s created? This book guides you through the entire process, from conception to the finished product with the aid of user-centric design theory and tools.

Software Development: From A to Z provides an overview of backend development - from databases to communication protocols including practical programming skills in Java and of frontend development - from HTML and CSS to npm registry and Vue.js framework. You'll review quality assurance engineering, including the theory about different kind of tests and practicing end-to-end testing using Selenium.

Dive into the devops world where authors discuss continuous integration and continuous delivery processes along with each topic's associated technologies. You'll then explore insightful product and project management coverage where authors talk about agile, scrum and other processes from their own experience.

The topics that are covered do not require a deep knowledge of technology in general; anyone possessing basic computer and programming knowledge will be able to complete all the tasks and fully understand the concepts this book aims at delivering. You'll wear the hat of a project manager, product owner, designer, backend, frontend, QA and devops engineer, and find your favorite role.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the processes and roles involved in the creation of software
  • Organize your ideas when building the concept of a new product
  • Experience the work performed by stakeholders and other departments of expertise, their individual challenges, and how to overcome possible threats
  • Improve the ways stakeholders and departments can work with each other
  • Gain ideas on how to improve communication and processes

Who This Book Is For

Anyone who is on a team that creates software and is curious to learn more about other stakeholders or departments involved. Those interested in a career change and want to learn about how software gets created. Those who want to build technical startups and wonder what roles might be involved in the process.

About the Authors

Olga Filipova and Rui Vilão are a happy couple of software engineers and travelers currently living in Berlin. Both authors are technical co-founders of an educational non-profit organisation based in Ukraine called EdEra ( EdEra explores a learn-by-doing learning process which has been applied in this book. Olga is a VP of Engineering at OptioPay and Rui is a lead software engineer at Gymondo. They both hold Masters in Computer Science and previously worked for Feedzai– a hugely successful Portuguese start-up that prevents fraud all over the world. You can contact Olga and Rui via Twitter @chudaol.

In this Book

  • I Have An Idea!
  • Roles, Responsibilities, and Methodologies
  • Requirements, Commitment, and Deadlines
  • User-Centered Design
  • Backend Development
  • Frontend Development
  • Testing Our Product
  • Let’s Go Live!
  • Maintaining and Improving Your Software
  • Wrapping Up With Some Tips and Tricks