The rise of interactive software development

Software development has come a long way in the last 30 years. I remember when you could manage the software development life cycle (SDLC) on your own computer. You could write code, debug it, build it, and ship it all from your desktop. Source would be stored on a file server and managed by saving a zip file at the end of every day. If you used a source control tool at all, it was CVS or SVN with a central server that made branching and merging a real challenge. Releasing software meant sending a “gold” floppy disc to a manufacturer who physically shipped the software to stores and catalog vendors.

This decade was a boon for programming languages, with some of the most popular ones used today being introduced. The 1990s introduced a number of other big changes to the software engineering industry: object-oriented programming began to grow in popularity, the Internet made its debut, and a new approach to development was introduced.

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Interactive software development models

There are several Agile software development models. These models focus on teamwork, cross-functional collaboration, iterative development, and early customer feedback. Testing, feedback, and making adjustments allow teams to develop and deliver the best software.

With all of that said, it’s now time to decide which software models you are going to use for your project and you will need to put a lot of thought into this aspect. The factors that you really need to consider when weighing different software models in software engineering are:

Interactive software development tools

Personally I love Scrimba. You should absolutely check it out. They have interactive videos. So, you can just pause the video, edit the codes in browser and see the results live. Mostly focus on frontend development. but there’s also Python course as well

Unless you have a very specific need, I would recommend using Visual Studio Code because it is simply the most popular, powerful, open, and capable IDE out there. VS Code is built and maintained by Microsoft and is open source. It is enormously popular, can handle almost any programming language you throw at it, and has thousands of useful extensions. With more than 20 million developers using it, VS Code is by far the tool of choice. The ability to add in GitHub Copilot, GitHub’s AI-based coding assistant, provides even more motivation.

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13th Sept, 2022