The Differences Between Hardware Design and Software Development

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Hardware is designed; software is developed.

What is "design" for one is "development" for the other. While this might seem like a minor difference, it isn't. "Chip designers" are "hardware engineers" – the terms are interchangeable. However, there is a significant difference between a designer and a developer in the software world -- in this domain, developers write actual code while designers do the layout for best user experience, logos, etc. A good analogy is to compare the designer to an interior decorator (who comes up with the designs), while the developer is compared to a carpenter (who actually writes the code that performs the tasks). When you're creating new software products, you don't want to get these mixed up.

If you talk to anyone with a smartphone or a laptop, you'll inevitably hear them gripe about the "slow software" or the "spinning wheel." But do they complain about the processor or other chips in the device? Not likely. Software is usually the scapegoat, due in part to how it is developed as compared to how the hardware is designed. Andreas Kuehlmann, senior vice president of R&D at Coverity, a leading provider of software quality and testing solutions, has outlined just a few of the key differences between hardware design and software development. Read on to learn more.


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