Although software developer and computer programmer both involve in making applications and software, their job requirements, duties and key skills are distinct from each other. Today, we will show you the differences between them.
Who are they?
- Analysis: Work closely to clients then determine their needs and recommend whether to upgrade existing softwares or write new ones.
- Design: Design the program and then give detailed instructions to programmers, who write the software code.
- Testing: Test computer softwares to ensure they meet the clients’ requirements and they’re error-free.
- Documentation: Create detailed technical documentation that includes full functions in case software are needed to modify or upgrade and guides for users.
- Project management: Delegate tasks and set deadlines for team members to monitor performance and ensure that programs are completed on time and within budget.
- Planning: Work closely with software developers to lay out how the software are designed and how to write code.
- Writing: Build programs based on software developers’ instructions. Then programmers conduct a trial to detect the errors and fix them until they’re error-free.
- Upgrading: Ensure programs can run smoothly and meet new technology demands.
- Repairing: Debug to ensure optimal functioning.
- Communication skills: You should be a good listener to clearly understand your customers’ demands and be good at speaking in order to convey instructions to colleagues who are working on projects you’re running.
- Analytical skills: This allows you to exactly determine clients’ requirements
- Problem-solving skills: Developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise during the development process.
- Teamwork: Software development services is a process that is broken into stages. That means you have to get on well with your team members to get the highest productivity.
- Detail-oriented: They have to pay attention to what they do because they’re working on multiple parts of an application.
- Creativity: Come up with the idea for new programs.
- Reading comprehension: to clearly understand the written instructions from the software developers.
- Critical thinking
- Active listening
- Detail-oriented and troubleshooting: You must be able to find small mistakes in code and fix them because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.
(Based on the results of PayScale’s salary questionnaire on Aug 2018)