Burnaby’s Essential Software Developers
We build incredible web-based applications. From simple to complex, data-driven or consumer projects, we are highly experienced at delivering results.
We are Burnaby’s Experienced Software Developers
Software development begins with a thorough planning phase where the project requirements are defined. This involves understanding the problem domain, identifying user needs, and specifying functional and non-functional requirements. Clear and comprehensive requirements provide a solid foundation for the development process and help avoid costly changes later on.
Agile is the gold standard in software development due its flexibility, collaboration, and iterative nature. Agile frameworks, such as Scrum or Kanban, emphasize adaptive planning, continuous improvement, and delivering working software in short iterations called sprints. This approach enables frequent feedback and allows for the early detection and resolution of issues.
QA & Testing
Ensuring the quality of software is crucial to its success. Quality assurance (QA) involves systematic processes, methodologies, and tools to verify that software meets the specified requirements and functions as expected. Testing is an essential component of QA and includes various techniques like unit testing, integration testing, system testing, and acceptance testing.
Effective communication is vital for successful software development. Regular meetings, such as daily stand-ups or sprint reviews, facilitate information sharing between developers, designers, testers, and stakeholders. Clear and transparent communication helps ensure everyone is on the same page, rand promotes a shared understanding of the project goals.
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The Essentials of Great Software Development
Requirements Gathering and Analysis
Requirements gathering and analysis is a critical phase of the software development process. It involves identifying and understanding the problem domain in which the software will operate. This requires delving into the context, purpose, and constraints of the software to be developed. By thoroughly comprehending the problem domain, software developers can gain a clear understanding of the challenges that need to be addressed and the objectives to be achieved.
Identify and understand the problem domain: Thoroughly comprehend the context, purpose, and constraints of the software being developed.
Engage with stakeholders: Collaborate with clients, end-users, and other relevant stakeholders to gather their requirements, expectations, and feedback.
Document clear and concise requirements: Create a comprehensive requirements specification that defines the functional and non-functional aspects of the software, ensuring all stakeholders are on the same page.
The development phase of software development is where the actual implementation of the software takes place. It encompasses several key activities that contribute to the creation of a functioning software system.
Design the software architecture: Create a high-level design that outlines the overall structure and components of the software system.
Implement the code: Write the actual code following the design specifications, adhering to coding standards and best practices.
Continuously integrate and refactor: Regularly integrate new code into the main codebase, ensuring it works well with existing components, and refactor the codebase to improve its structure, maintainability, and performance.
Testing and Quality Assurance
Testing and quality assurance play a crucial role in the software development process to ensure that the software meets the specified requirements, functions as intended, and delivers a high-quality user experience.
Plan and design test cases: Develop a comprehensive test plan and design test cases that cover all aspects of the software's functionality and performance.
Execute testing activities: Carry out various testing types, such as unit testing, integration testing, system testing, and acceptance testing, to identify defects and ensure the software meets the specified requirements.
Conduct quality assurance activities: Employ techniques like code reviews, static analysis, and continuous integration to ensure code quality, adherence to coding standards, and proper documentation.
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The Essential Process
At the start of each project, we work with our customers to build a solid project plan. The initial Scope document can come from the client or a combined process of phone calls and in-person meetings. This meticulous planning ensures that we have a clear roadmap for success from the very beginning.
Once the project plan and scope have been finalized, our wireframing team takes over to determine the placement of all objects on each page of the application, whether it is a consumer mobile app or a backend business application. This is an important stage where we come to a final agreement on what will be placed on each page for the User to access.
After the wireframes for all pages have been finalized, our design team takes over to create the final appearance and functionality of the application. This is an exciting stage of the project where you can see the entire application come to life. We will provide you with clickable versions to fully experience everything the user goes through before we begin coding.
With the wireframes and designs finalized, we begin coding the application to make it functional. As an Agile development shop, we break down the project into baskets of features called Sprints. This approach allows our customers to regularly review the progress of their software development process and provide feedback at the end of each Sprint. We value your input and involvement throughout the entire development process.
The testing process for mobile and software applications is a crucial step in ensuring that the product is functional, reliable, and user-friendly. Typically, the process involves several stages, where various techniques and tools are employed to identify defects, bugs, and usability issues. The goal is to detect and correct any issues before the application is released to the public, ultimately improving the user experience and ensuring the success of the product.
After the application is completed, approved by our internal QA, project management and the client – we are ready to deploy the code to its final destination. Hosting options vary from client-owned servers to web or cloud hosting. We guide clients through the options and handle the final stages.
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