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Sometimes speaking in tech can be confusing, with obscure words that have no meaning if you don’t have the proper training, get familiar with some of the most used words used by software developers and understand your  development teams. 

Avoid the awkwardness of nodding to an unfamiliar tech term

1. Framework

This is the canvas on which developer structure their work. Frameworks vary from each other, ho yeah there’s more than one, this is a broad concept depending on the framework you choose will be the tools and controls you’ll get on the code end and the functionalities you’ll need. 

2. Back End

In any case, this is related to applications, web servers, and databases. So anything that is behind the curtain and makes a website or web server run smoothly is what this term is all about. 

3. Architecture

How your software is or will be structured, it’s important to understand that the architecture used to create your system is based on your needs. For example, if you require speed and reliability, you need to use a language for real-time computing. 

4. Redundancy

It’s a backup, of course, I’m oversimplifying. It’s all about performance and security, it’s creating duplicates as fail-safe mechanisms in case a critical error occurs or in the case that data recovery is needed. 

5. Cloud Security

Security for your cloud services, simple right?  Well…yeah, the catch is in what it includes. So this ever-changing tech term is all about how you set the right policies, get the technology that suits you for your needs, and set the right controls for your architecture to be effective. 

6. DevOps

Used to reduce the time to market a product and reduce the risk of failure to create, this process involves collaboration. Some key departments that are part of this process are quality assurance, development, and operations. 

7. Bugs

Pesky little issues on your system, they can be small things like delays on the interface to critical errors in security. The good thing is that bugs are one of the most common issues on new development. That is why QA engineers specialize in fixing them ASAP. 

8. API

Stands for, Application Programming Interface, API are defined as methods of communication between different software components. So their sole purpose is to make easier for development teams and business to create a bridge between different systems, making programming simpler and faster. 

9. Iteration

The common definition is a repetitive process. For the same reason, in the software community, iteration means a single development cycle of a process. Additionally, these are reviewed and critiqued by the different stakeholders. 

10. Sprint

Developing a planned amount of work in a short period of time to send for revision. In fact, like in running, the track is the project, the distance is measured in a timeframe between 2-4 weeks. Certainly, it’s common in the agile methodology. 

11. Agile

It is a methodology, and as such, there is no one way to do it. In fact, there are 4 variants to work this method scrum, crystal, extreme programming, and Feature Driven Development.  What makes this methodology so appealing to remote developers is the clarity and progress it gives them after finishing each the different sprint iteration. 

These software development tech terms will help you understand some of the key topics of discussion between your tech coworkers and friends. Tech slang can be difficult to understand if you are new to the industry or a software engineer in training. Let us know what you think of this list in the comments. Which others would you add?

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