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Software development companies are responsible for designing and developing the computer programs and other software that we use every day.

A software development company can be as small as a one-man operation or as large as a multinational corporation employing thousands of people throughout the world, and anything in between.

Although the website of any software development company may be represented here, those that specialize in developing specific types of software might receive more traffic from a listing in a category representing that topic. For example, a company that develops computer games will be more easily found through a listing in the Developers & Publishers subcategory of Computer & Video Games, and those that specialize in a particular type of business software, or in software for a specific industry, might do better with a listing in the appropriate Business category under Software. Company websites may also be listed in the Local & Global category that represents the geographic location of the company's headquarters.

The bulk of the listings in this category will be for companies that produce custom (bespoke) software for clients, or who produce software for a wide variety of applications.

Generally speaking, a software development company will work with a client to identify the challenge that requires a computer program. Next, the program will be designed, which mostly has to do with the look and feel that it will have for the end-user. Then, a programmer will write the code that creates that actual software, compile it, and test it for functionality, and against any errors. After the program is passed on to the client for use, the developer will probably be responsible for providing regular software updates and maintenance services.

The complexity of the tasks will depend upon the complexity of the application to be developed, as well as the size of the development company.

According to the US Department of Labor, the job of a software developer is to develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs, to analyze user needs and develop software solutions for these needs. They are responsible for designing or customizing software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency, and may also analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. In some companies, the computer programmer is part of the team, while others will supervise the work of the programmer, or even outsource the actual programming of the software.

Job titles that may be associated with a software development company include application developer, application integration engineer, applications developer, computer consultant, information technology analyst, software architect, software developer, software development engineer, software engineer, and technical consultant. Employees in these fields usually have several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and vocational training. Several companies require a four-year college degree in a related field.



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