Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Roughness of retinal layers, a new Alzheimer's biomarker

Over recent years, the retina has established its position as one of the most promising biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Moving on from the debate as to the retina becoming thinner or thicker, researchers ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How a Canadian start-up used AI to track China virus

On the shores of Lake Ontario, a Canadian start-up raised one of the earliest alarms about the risk posed by the mystery virus that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. How did it do it? Artificial intelligence.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How an AI solution can design new tuberculosis drug regimens

With a shortage of new tuberculosis drugs in the pipeline, a software tool from the University of Michigan can predict how current drugs—including unlikely candidates—can be combined in new ways to create more effective ...


Personalised heart models could improve cardiac care

Groundbreaking computer models that simulate the workings of individual patients' hearts could boost treatment of a common cardiac condition that affects a million people in the UK and countless more worldwide.


Predicting potential pharma side effects

A computer program that can predict whether or not a given pharmaceutical will have worrying side effects has been developed by researchers in the USA. Md Jamiul Jahid and Jianhua Ruan of the Department of Computer Science, ...

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Software developer

A software developer is a person or organization concerned with facets of the software development process wider than design and coding, a somewhat broader scope of computer programming or a specialty of project managing including some aspects of software product management. This person may contribute to the overview of the project on the application level rather than component level or individual programming tasks. Software developers are often still guided by lead programmers but also encompasses the class of freelance software developers.

Other names which are often used in the same close context are software analyst and software engineer.

With time and a little luck, differences between system design, software development and programming are more apparent. Already in the current market place there can be found a segregation between programmers and developers, being that one who actually implements is not the same as the one who designs the class structure or hierarchy. Even more so that developers become systems architects, those who design the multi-leveled architecture or component interactions of a large software system. (see also Debate over who is a software engineer)

A 'programmer' is responsible for writing code, but a 'developer' could be involved in wider aspects of the software development process such as:

In a large company there may be employees whose sole responsibility may consist of only one of the phases above. In smaller development environments, a few, or even a single individual might handle the complete process. In a small company, the typical involvement of software developers includes every step from initial specification of a project to the completed system. Typically it includes: 1. Initial Meeting - where requirements are discussed in detail. 2. Proposal - a proposal based on the initial conversation and recommendations on the best approach 3. Detailed Design - for most projects, there is usually more design work to clarify exactly how the system should work. 4. Update Financials & Agree Contract - if the requirements have changed during the detailed design process, this is the stage to update the project costs. 5. Development - software developers start work on the system. 6. Functionally Complete - at the end of the development system, a system is delivered which is “functionally complete”, but may need further testing to iron out any bugs. 7. System Completed - testing is complete, and the system is ready for use.

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