As the size of the hardware’s changed (and in some cases vanished from our office space entirely due to cloud systems) the variety of roles available to those interested in software production has changed. It’s not just about the programmers anymore, it’s about those who identify what software is needed to make a user’s life easier, it’s about those who design the look of the software to ensure it’s something that people want to use and about those who work hand-in-hand with the programmers to ensure the quality of the software is as good as it can possibly be. Yes, software now takes longer to be produced with far more layers than back in the 80s but it’s now something that people want to use rather than have to get used to using.
One of the programmers in my team once described software testing as having a guardian angel there to make sure he didn’t produce any problems. Well, he didn’t quite put it that way but I don’t think we’d publish what he did say! I quite like being a guardian angel and if that had come up in Careers Lessons at school I think I’d have headed down that path immediately without taking the scenic route through programming and analysis!
At WCBS, one thing’s for sure: we’re not standing still. Our Development teams are constantly evolving, seeking innovative solutions to help our schools provide the best education they possibly can.