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What is the Software Development Cycle?

The software development process is carried out by dividing the software into logical parts. Thus, when developing the software, the necessary work is done at certain time intervals and effective development is ensured.

The professional software development team plans when developing software, calculates all possibilities according to planning, reduces risk as a result of these calculations, and avoids unnecessary work.

The software development cycle goes through the following steps: 

– Documentation of the software to be developed

– Design of the product that will be the result of the software

– Realization of the software product

– Testing software results

– Dissemination of the solution

– Maintenance of the product resulting from the software

Software development teams create their goals by determining the most appropriate development model for their projects. Every software development company uses the model that works best for it, and such behavior facilitates and accelerates software development.

The most applied software development models in the development process

Waterfall: Suitable for simple and easy software programs. When software companies develop applications using this model, each section is done sequentially, showing the results of the section performed after each partition. However, while the waterfall model is not suitable for long-term projects, it does not provide flexibility.

Spiral: At the heart of this model, risk analysis is important throughout the software development process. In this model, each classic waterfall model is divided into a large number of iterations and examines planning and risk analysis with each iteration. When software is developed in this model, one output will be obtained in each iteration and these outputs will be carried out at certain risks when obtaining them. The cost of adapting to this model is quite high.

V-Shape: Very similar to the Waterfall model, the main difference is the confirmation site and the test process. The tests are started in the documentation section and continued during the integration, coding, and actual performance of the test of the software product. The V design enables forward testing.

Iterative: A model that allows the software company to find and resolve errors in the early parts of the software development cycle. Thus, the development process will be more effective. Therefore, the life cycle is divided into many parts, and control of processes is carried out on small parts. Thanks to this model, when the first iteration is completed, a simple product of the software is obtained.

Agile Development: Similar to the iterative model, it provides development using the human factor. During the development process, the returns of the software team are utilized.

Finally, professional developers have a variety of methods to develop sequentially and effectively, avoiding extra costs.

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