Software Prototyping bridges Function with Usage

ImageComputers and Software Applications help make our lives easier, much easier than the time when computers were non-existent. It is no secret that the use of computers and similar smart devices is now essential in every portion of our lives. Schools and Educational Institutions have also added computer education in their curriculum to make sure that computer proficiency is a skill embedded right from childhood.

We have all learned to look at computers and devices as divided into two main sections, Hardware and Software. Daily interaction and use of computers also make sure that our basic knowledge of computer
hardware is up to date. After all, we all know the difference between a monitor and a DVD drive. We know about optical mouse and USB drives and in doing so it gets safe to claim that we know about the
different computer hardware/parts which we use everyday. We also presumably know that they undergo various design processes and tests, before being manufactured in bulk, by hi-tech companies
using specialized engineering processes.

Software programs play a very vital role in our lives as well. After all these are the tools which we use to carry out functions and tasks on our computers. Whatever the make of your computer or smart device is, their functioning and interaction with us is by way of pieces of programmed software that specialize in taking some sort of inputs from us, carry out a function based on it, and pass the resultant feedback to us.

Software’s are basically lines and lines of programming code written by programmers to help us perform our tasks with the help of computers.
Does this mean that these programmers know in detail about every function we need performed? Are they all doctors and engineers of every trade? Not really! Though software programmers with experience in relevant end-user trades are always sought after, they are too few in numbers and usually highly paid due to the specialized nature of their skills.

How then does the gap between those designing and creating these software applications and us, the end users get bridged? The answer to this has been found in software prototyping.

Like any physical product undergoes cycles of prototyping and functional evaluation, software applications are no different. Put forth generally the process of software prototyping involves creating portions of the software which are then tested and evaluated by intended end users.

Feedback from these evaluation cycles is treated as very important and leads to evolution of the software applications to newer and easily usable forms.

Just imagine software applications coming through without being actually tried and tested for the accuracy and correctness of the actions they perform or the process in which they are expected to interact with their users. The results can actually be catastrophic and could potentially throw our lives off track with more complications in using computers and smart devices than performing tasks in the older, conventional manners.
Similarly popularity and wide-spread usage of software applications can only be ensured by a planned approach to software prototyping. After all if application development companies want to make sure their applications perform useful tasks for their end users then they need to build a bridge and close any gaps using Software prototyping.

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