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Software Development From A to Z

A Deep Dive into all the Roles Involved in the Creation of Software

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  • Provides a full overview of the software development process enabling you to understand all the connections and relationships between departments
  • Unique style uses a live project with a real team to demonstrate every concept – gain practical knowledge about the tools, frameworks and programming languages used in each stage of the software development process
  • Build and deploy fully-functional software from scratch

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About this book

Understand the big picture of the software development process. We use software every day – operating systems, applications, document editing programs, home banking – but have you ever wondered who creates software and how it’s created? This book guides you through the entire process, from conception to the finished product with the aid of user-centric design theory and tools.

Software Development: From A to Z provides an overview of backend development - from databases to communication protocols including practical programming skills in Java and of frontend development - from HTML and CSS to npm registry and Vue.js framework. You'll review quality assurance engineering, including the theory about different kind of tests and practicing end-to-end testing using Selenium. 

Dive into the devops world where authors discuss continuous integration and continuous delivery processes along with each topic's associated technologies. You'll then explore insightful product and project management coverage where authors talk about agile, scrum and other processes from their own experience.

The topics that are covered do not require a deep knowledge of technology in general; anyone possessing basic computer and programming knowledge will be able to complete all the tasks and fully understand the concepts this book aims at delivering. You'll wear the hat of a project manager, product owner, designer, backend, frontend, QA and devops engineer, and find your favorite role. 

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the processes and roles involved in the creation of software
  • Organize your ideas when building the concept of a new product
  • Experience the work performed by stakeholders and other departments of expertise, their individual challenges, and how to overcome possible threats
  • Improve the ways stakeholders and departments can work with each other
  • Gain ideas on howto improve communication and processes

Who This Book Is For 

Anyone who is on a team that creates software and is curious to learn more about other stakeholders or departments involved. Those interested in a career change and want to learn about how software gets created. Those who want to build technical startups and wonder what roles might be involved in the process.

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“The book could indeed be fairly useful if you’re interested in building (and marketing) software as a product; if you already know some rudimentary things about what it means to program and to test; and if you know and accept the programming environment the authors use.” (R. L. Glass, Computing Reviews, April 02, 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Berlin, Germany

    Olga Filipova, Rui Vilão

About the authors

Olga Filipova and Rui Vilão are a happy couple of software engineers and travelers currently living in Berlin. Both authors are technical co-founders of an educational non-profit organisation based in Ukraine called EdEra ( EdEra explores a learn-by-doing learning process which has been applied in this book. Olga is a VP of Engineering at OptioPay and Rui is a lead software engineer at Gymondo. They both hold Masters in Computer Science and previously worked for Feedzai– a hugely successful Portuguese start-up that prevents fraud all over the world. You can contact Olga and Rui via Twitter @chudaol.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Software Development From A to Z

  • Book Subtitle: A Deep Dive into all the Roles Involved in the Creation of Software

  • Authors: Olga Filipova, Rui Vilão

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Apress Berkeley, CA

  • eBook Packages: Professional and Applied Computing, Apress Access Books, Professional and Applied Computing (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Olga Filipova and Rui Vil�o 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4842-3944-5Published: 12 October 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4842-3945-2Published: 12 October 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 291

  • Number of Illustrations: 88 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Web Development

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