There are many reasons you may wish to develop your software. It might be that you have a product idea in mind that you want people to be able to use one day. Or maybe you are hoping to create a piece of programming that your employees in your business can use to make their work easier. Perhaps you want to develop a B2B program for your industry. Whatever it is, there is a lot that you need to bear in mind, especially if you have never developed software fully before. Let’s take a look at all you need to know right now.
Learn The Basics
Before you can hope to get your software made, you need to make sure you know all of the basics that you need to know first. That means learning the programming language you are going to code with, or at the very least knowing your way around a decent GUI programming interface.
What language you want to use will probably depend on what you are hoping to create, but it’s often good to start with some of the most essential languages out there, such as C and C++. If you prefer, you could look instead at Java, which is a further development of C++ and known for its ease of portability, often making it useful for beginners. Then there is Python, which is very easy to learn and used particularly for web development.
Whichever you decide upon, you will need to find some good learning resources to learn that code. There are many resources out there, and it is easier than ever to learn a programming language without even having to pay any money upfront. You can always find free programming lessons online if you know where to look. Having this under your belt is essential before you move on.
Discover Your Idea
You probably already have an idea for your software, which is why you are looking into this at all. But you nonetheless need to spend some time really nailing it down and developing that idea as fully as you can before you move on. Think of it like any other creative pursuit - you have to know what you are aiming for before you can get going. That doesn’t mean the project won’t change over time - it almost certainly will - but you should aim to have as clear an idea as possible about what your idea is before you start trying to create the actual software.
It is often best if you keep in mind who you are trying to help with your program, and how they might benefit. That should give you the impetus and encouragement you need, and should help you to keep on track as you develop your idea more and more fully.
As you uncover and develop your idea, you should gradually come to terms with where its limitations lie as well as what it might achieve. That is important, if humbling, step, and one to look forward to.
Create Your Prototype
Once you have your idea down pat, you need to start creating your prototype. You can think of this as the first iteration of the software, and you must be treating it as an important step along the way. It is going to be the version that you first see and put out into the world for people to try, so you should aim for it to be as close as possible to the final idea that you are hoping for. The less that you have to do to make it perfect afterward, the better.
When you are creating your prototype, bear in mind that it might take you a long time, especially if you are hoping to make it as close to perfect as you can. You should put aside a few months for this, for even a basic project, unless of course, you are planning to develop it with a team of developers, in which case it might be a lot quicker. Either way, however, you should be prepared to be patient in waiting for the prototype to come along in the form you would most like to see it.
Seek Legal Protections
If you are going to be using your software as a way of profiting within your business, then you will need to make sure that you are legally protecting it, in the way that you would seek to protect any kind of intellectual property you might produce in your name. When it comes to doing this with software, it can be a little complex, but you should at least look into software copyright and make sure that you are protecting your program in whatever way you can. If you do that, you will be able to keep it legally yours no matter what.
Next up is the testing phase, which can be one of the lengthier phases of all. You can expect your program to not work properly for quite a long time, and there will need to be a lot of tweaks before you can get it to a marketable quality. The way to discover what tweaks you need to make is to put it through as much rigorous testing as you possibly can. If you can do that, you should be able to make it as good as possible soon enough, and people will be more likely to want to use it.
Marketing & Sale
If this software is to be sold, then you will also need to think of marketing it as you would with any other product. When you are marketing software, bear in mind that people generally look for something easy and simple to use, and yet provides an effective solution to the given problem. If you can show that your software delivers in this way, you should be able to have more success with selling it for a decent price. Overall, it’s all about giving people what they want.