Software can be developed for a variety of purposes, the three most common being to meet specific needs of a specific client/business , to meet a perceived need of some set of potential users or for personal use e.g.a scientist may write software to automate a mundane task.
Embedded software development, that is, the development of embedded software such as used for controlling consumer products, requires the development process to be integrated with the development of the controlled physical product. System software underlies applications and the programming process itself, and is often developed separately.
- Software development is the process of computer programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications and frameworks resulting in a software product.
- software development may include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products
- Software development is a process of writing and maintaining the source code, but in a broader sense