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Java, .Net, and Project Management: Which Software Method is Right for You?

8 months ago by Andrea Amato
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Introduction​

The professional network at Castille seeks a more in-depth focus into particular verticals alongside software development and trends. It is understandable that the acceleration of technology can cause disruption in the field, leaving many with the responsibility to remain up to date in its current affairs. Here at Castille, growth and development are at the core of our beliefs to maintain a professional and knowledgeable workplace ethos. Let us explore a few verticals we work on: Java and .NET Core.

Java


Developed in 1995, Java remains one of the more popular programming languages. It’s compatibility with multiple OS’s (Windows, Macintosh, etc) speaks for its flexibility.

So long as your computer can run Java Runtime Environment (JRE), you can program in Java. It is a relatively easy program to learn compared to other languages, and its resume is vast: android apps, software tools, and web applications can all be made using Java. In 2016, 92% of all websites use Java, including Google and Facebook. Its long-term usability has left its open-source library legacy and attests to its relevance today.


.NET


Like Java, .NET boasts its applicability of diverse languages to build websites, applications, and other desktop or mobile developments. It’s family of languages include C#, F#, or Visual Basic. The choice of language depends on what you are writing, but the .NET approach is generally adaptable to offer simplistic and targeted design. .NET is primarily useful for object-oriented programming, meaning objects are created according to its data and design.

It’s open-source and object-oriented platform allows for languages to be re-usable and reliable, leaving developers with additional programming freedom. Nowadays, .NET has evolved into .NET Core (or ASP.NET), which works as an extension of the .NET platform as a web-development framework.

Project Management and Delivery

Which software method is right for you?

Waterfall Methodology

A sequential model aimed for a targeted approach to meet your project requirements, Waterfall offers a step-by-step implementation. This is a linear methodology, meaning project requirements are discussed and outlined from the very beginning. In this way, a clear and scheduled outlook caters for a measurable performance review.

If you’ve a clear vision for your project, this linear approach is what will help get you to the finish line.

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Agile Methodology

With Agile, the priorities of a project are agreed upon alongside its specific requirements. Should these priorities change along the development process, requirements can be re-evaluated, and the project may proceed.

This approach works well if the project necessitates multiple individuals to discuss and agree upon its delivery. Its various components make project development versatile and this can come in handy when projects are more time constrained.

The take home message

The main difference between Waterfall and Agile is the linearity required by Waterfall, whereas Agile caters for continuous change in project development. Agile requires consistent consumer input whereas major decisions for Waterfall are discussed at the beginning of the project. At the end of the day, whichever route you’d like to take; whether you are a software engineer working remotely, or seeking to learn new skills for jobs, depends on the particular project and consumer style.

This article is from the Castille Quarterly Newsletter | December 2020.