The design process

The basic act of programming is rarely as simple as just sitting down and typing for many people - some people like to think over a coffee, some like to sketch out large flow charts and sequence diagrams, and some have their own ideal programming environment set up in their study. But the act of programming is really just only one small part of the application development lifecycle, and to be a successful programmer you need to at least understand where the other parts of the lifecycle fit in.

The easiest way to remember the parts of our lifecycle is using the mnemonic ADDIM, which stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Maintenance. While all parts are definitely important, the bias is towards the first four.


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