Different Types Of Software Development

Software development industry is swooned by the latest technological advancement to a greater extent and why not, technology is the wheels of the software and mobile development industry. Every business wants to get benefited from technology and its innovations. When it comes to developing unique software or mobile applications, no company wants to be a laggard. Every business leader is making their way to make the best possible utilization of software projects through effective utilization of technology and resources. Well that being said, they also utilize different types of software in their businesses which involve different types of software development processes. Well with this blog we will give you more ideas about the types of software development.

Let’s find out about different types of software development.

1. Frontend Development

Frontend Development

The frontend side of the application where a user looks at first and does interact with. The component of software development that is most accessible to the user is called front-end development. In other words, because it comprises the visual and graphical parts of any system, software application, or website, Hence this type of software development is needed and it will directly affect your visitors.

According to freecodecamp.org, frontend development is 

Everything you see on a website, like buttons, links, animations, and more, were created by a front end web developer. It is the front end developer job to take the vision and design concept from the client and implement it through code.

What is Front End Development?

So, if we want to know what all aspects can be included in Front-end development, then we can say that it mostly entails creating user interfaces (UIs) and controlling client-side behavior. Here the web developers will design a website or app’s layout, graphic elements, and interactive components. The user interface (UI) is an important component in making software appealing to end users. The users interact with a user interface (UI) by clicking, scrolling, and entering data.

With this, the next point to move is to understand how the back screen of the software development works.

2. Backend Development

Backend Development

Server-side scripting is termed backend development. Server, application, and database are part of software which generally users don’t see and the process involved in the development of these parts is called Backend development.  The back-end development entails a significant amount of effort to ensure that everything on the front end runs well. With the backend, you should understand databases, server programming languages, and architecture that is required if you wish to work as a backend developer. The backend is the backbone of your software system which compliments the front end of the system.

According to freecodecamp.org, backend development is:

What is Backend Development?

The front end of the app is directly affected by backend processes so, it becomes challenging to identify that the backend programming of the application might have some complications. Issues such as errors, sluggish performance, or crashing, all of this clearly point toward the back-end development issues.

Within and outside of the context of web development, there are a variety of languages and tools for back-end development.

3. Full-Stack Development

Full-Stack Development

What if you have someone who works and understands both sides of a software application? Whom would you prefer if you have an option to choose someone who knows the front as well as the backend of applications? Yes, there are software developers who understand both these aspects and are hence called full-stack developers. 

According to freecodecamp.org, Full Stack Development is,

What is Full Stack Development?

A full-stack developer is a developer with excellent programming skills, as well as a number of soft skills that all tech workers need. They must also possess problem-solving tactics and critical thinking, to be a successful full-stack developer. At the end of the day, it is up to you and your team to create a fully- functional product. Having a full-stack developer in a team is an advantage so that you have a one-shot solution for overall software development.

This video will answer all your questions about full stack web development in very simple way.

4. Web Development

Who hasn’t heard of “Hello World” as an output as the beginning of the finest learning in the technology arena. It has progressed so much that it now has diversified and unique ways of app development from complex systems to simpler ways of app development. The process of creating online applications is known as web development. These apps are accessed using a web browser on a variety of devices. Hence we call them web apps. So, in web app development you keep in mind all the requirements of browsers. While on other hand a mobile app operates on an iOs or android device or tablet. . Also, in this Web development is the process of developing web pages so that they may be uploaded to the internet. If treated seriously, this type of software development can have a bright future. Although it is different and difficult to comprehend, the web developer must manage a large number of related and interconnected files.

Entire web development can be described in a 10 chapter book. Take a look to this this tweet.

5. Mobile Development

Mobile App Development Process

Is there a doubt that smartphones have taken over the world like a storm? There are mobile apps and mobile devices everywhere. For the past decade, this one has been the grist of the gossip mill and it’s now all the rage. Mobile Development, also known as “App Development,” is the process of developing programs for mobile devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones. Mobile app development has to enable users with timely updates, features and a lot more to entice their users. The majority of prominent operating systems are written in their own programming languages, however several classic programming languages can also be utilized in its development.

Mobile development’s adaptability allows you to use apps for everything from playing games to  everyday routine in the palm of your hand. There are applications for almost everything, from the mundane.

6. API Development

API Development

Do you know how a user interface (UI) gives humans a way to engage with software? API Development or Application Programming Interfaces help you create programs that work across several operating systems, on desktop, mobile, and the web. API development is the process of providing a foundation of standard procedures, types, tools, GUI interaction methods, and database access rules for use by programmers creating other applications. API development helps programmers to go beyond the limitations of traditional software. An API, or application programming interface, is a link between two pieces of software. They enable third-party developers to interface with the tools or functionalities that the API supports.

APIs, on the other hand, provides a platform for software to communicate with other software.

Here’s a very well explanation about API by a developer Joaquil Ley,

API integrations are an important part of software development. Using API integrations , you can automate tasks, enable direct database access and simpler integration with third party apps.

7. Application Development

Another common name in the software development process is Application development. There are a plethora of businesses (small, medium, or large) that are offering application development services but before you opt for one, understand what is Application development. Application development is the core of any software project, it includes everything from front-end development, and back-end development, to full-stack development.

Application development, in its most basic form, can be referred to as designing any computer program or combination of programs that performs a task in order to achieve business goals.

Or in other way, Cognizant has defined Application development is the process of gathering business requirements, designing, prototyping, coding, testing and ongoing improvements and debugging of software.

 There are a few steps followed in the Application development process which are as followed

  1. Start with collecting all the necessary information.
  2. Prototypes or a minimal viable product (MVP) should be designed (MVP).
  3. The application should be programmed and tested.
  4. Deploy the program
  5. Maintenance and App upgrades

There are different types of application development, you can ideally develop. It starts with 

  • General Application development 
  • Rapid Application development
  • Low-code application development
  • Mobile application development
  • Web application development

8. Cloud Computing Development

Surge in spending on cloud IT infrastructure worldwide shows how cloud computing development is increasing day by day.

Cloud computing is growing in popularity these days, and the days of local file storage are long gone. Cloud services store and manage data utilizing networks of remote servers rather than a personal computer or local server, and such developers are known to create cloud storage applications. When you run your services, programs, and applications on the cloud platform you can refer to it as cloud computing. This means they can be accessed virtually from any place as long as the user has an internet connection and valid login credentials. They have a lot of benefits like scalability, interoperability, rapid turnaround time, and storage.

Take a look at how international cloud services provider define cloud computing.

You must hire developers who specialize in cloud computing so that you can leverage their expertise in developing cloud platforms. They’ll help you create cloud apps, assist with cloud deployment and migration, execute all the cloud services, and give user support.

Check out what major service provider has to say about Cloud Computing:

Cloud Computing from Microsoft

Cloud Computing from Amazon

Cloud Computing from Google

9. Conclusion

Now that you know that these are the 8 types of Software development services that can be leveraged for developing unique business apps.  If you are a business owner, you must know what trending software development type and which one will make a difference. The identification of needs is the first step; the next one is hiring the right set of developers as per your needs.

Itesh Sharma

Itesh Sharma is core member of Sales Department at TatvaSoft. He has got more than 6 years of experience in handling the task related to Customer Management and Project Management. Apart from his profession he also has keen interest in sharing the insight on different methodologies of software development.


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    1. Sally

      If anyone is hiring software developers for their project then it is necessary to understand different types of software. It is also equally important for one who is planning to start a career in this field. This blog serves every aspect of this topic in very detail. It covered and explained the topic in a very lucid and easy manner.

    2. Riya Bhardwaj

      Article Provide very comprehensive knowledge about software development types. It helps me a lot to choose the right software development for my project. Thank you for publishing it.