Software Development Concepts

I have always known that understanding the concepts behind things gives one an edge. For example, understanding sequence, selection, and repetition in computer programming makes it easier to learn any programming language. These are fundamental software development concepts. Understanding concepts is what actually gives you the ability for continuous learning. This is true because almost all implementations can be broken down into a few common concepts. Take the internal combustion engine (ICE) for example, every ICE vehicle manufacturer follows their own implementation of ignition and combustion of fuel and air. The actual engine implementations differ but the ICE concepts remain the same across all. It will be easier for someone that understands the common concepts to work on any engine than it will be for someone who only understands the specific implementation of a particular engine.

The importance of understanding concepts remains true for software development as well. It is even more important for developers just starting out, to focus on understand software development concepts first. This page has a collection of my thoughts and software concepts I believe are important. You can view related articles in software architecture

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