An introduction to software development
An introduction to software development

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An introduction to software development

An introduction to software development


This OpenLearn free course is about software development, the discipline concerned with the methods, techniques and processes of building software artefacts: today's software development professional will need an in-depth knowledge of this discipline to be able to create software which best serves the needs of our digital economy and society. Software development is also a fast-moving discipline, so that the software development professional also needs effective strategies for finding materials that track its leading edge.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course M813 Software development [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .


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