There are so many similar terms for IT professionals that when you need to hire certain services for your business, it can be difficult to know what to look for. Additionally, the difference between some computer-related job titles is very subtle.
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How do you know whether you need the services of a database developer or an application developer? Let us take a look at the tasks a database developer would perform, as opposed to an application developer.
A database developer takes an existing program such as Microsoft Access, and after having analysed a business’ processes and procedures, designs a database system using this program so that the business runs more efficiently.
Their job is then to make sure that certain issues within the business are solved, with the implementation and maintenance of their database. For example:
- An ecommerce shop might need a method of bulk emailing their customers to offer discounts and deals, or to keep them updated when new products are released
- A lettings agency would need a system to easily add, amend or delete properties as necessary
- An office based business would benefit from a document management solution to replace their existing paper-based system
A database developer will carry out testing at each stage of the implementation process, and write reports on their progress. They usually offer training in database management, and ongoing support with any technical issues or problems.
An application developer writes code to produce the program used by the database developer, or other computer specialists. These applications would not just be used for databases, but for other software for a variety of devices including tablets and mobile phones.
Smartphone apps have become a hugely popular, with many people now using them to search for services in their local area. These apps can usually be downloaded to a desktop or tablet computer, and then ‘synched’ between all devices.
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