The Differences Between Hardware Design and Software Development

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There are a lot more software developers than hardware designers.

Want to become a software developer? There are a lot of ways to learn how to write software code – and it doesn't have to happen in a formal program. While you need to invest significant time (and money) to get the required education and experience to become a hardware designer, many people can learn to code at little or no cost. This is due in part to the open source software movement, as well as online organizations such as Code Academy. So it should come as no surprise that there are more than 15 million software developers in the world today, compared to fewer than 100,000 chip designers.

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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