The difference between a software engineer and a software developer
The terms or job profiles software engineer and software developer are oftentimes used interchangeably. However, a software engineer and a software developer really are two different jobs. In this blog we’ll tell you what both terms, according to us, mean and what the difference is.
What is a software engineer?
A software engineer determines based on the wishes and needs of a client or end user how he designs, develops, implements, tests, improves and maintains software. As software engineer you are responsible for the entire process of translating demands, problems or questions into software solutions. It’s not just about writing code or programming, but it’s mostly about all the work involved around it, like planning the work, keeping in touch with the client and organizing maintenance.
What does a software engineer do?
Software engineers usually work according to a systematic and disciplined approach on the development, deployment and maintenance of software. From listing the demands to the delivery of software to the client. As a software engineer, you have a very diverse job; you write code and program it, if you work for a client you keep in touch, work project-based on issues and independently or in a team figure out a solution for it. A software engineer usually works in a team on the development of new software. A team can consist of a scrum master, product owner, integration architect and a solution architect. A software engineer sometimes can take the role of, for example, a scrum master.
Day to day activities of a software engineer could look something like this:
- Analyze the wishes and demands of a client
- Translate these to a design or plan
- Draw up the specifications and work them out
- Plan and execute the programming work
- Development of the software in consultation with the client
- Testing of software
- Draw up accompanying documentation about the software, for end users as well as the technicians that need to work with it
- Maintain and update the software
Where do software engineers work?
A software engineer can work for a software company that develops software solutions for external clients. Of course there are also software engineers that are responsible for the implementation of software within their own company. Especially bigger companies, government institutions and banks have a team of their own software engineers.
What is a software developer?
A software developer is someone who writes code and programs software. Next to that he can also be responsible for the design, the implementation and testing of software. Just like a software engineer most of the time he operates within a team, but usually has less responsibilities than a software engineer.
Day to day activities of a software developer can consist of something like this:
- The design of a needed software program
- Writing code
- Implementation of software
- Testing of software
So what are the differences between a software engineer and a software developer?
Usually the work of a software engineer is more broad than that of a software developer. An engineer oversees the bigger picture of software development and a developer will most likely just be involved with writing code and programming the software.
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