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The Importance of Keeping Updated With Your Software Development Tools

The Importance of Keeping Updated With Your Software Development Tools

Developing software is no easy task and it takes a considerable amount of knowledge and experience to make something worthwhile. There are, unfortunately, even more things to think about once the project is finished and you’ve launched it for the public to use. Be it a piece of software that doesn’t require the internet or an always-on cloud application, you need to have a deep understanding of how your program works, how to fix it and how to correct errors before you should deploy it in a public environment.

One of the most important things that all experienced software developers keep in mind is the process of updating their tools and knowledge whenever their software developing tools are updated. Here are a couple of reasons why it plays such an important role in the workflow of any good programmer.

Patching Vulnerabilities 

The tools we use to create software aren’t perfect. In many cases, hackers can find vulnerabilities in them that are then used to exploit every single piece of software that uses the same dependencies. For instance, if a vulnerability was discovered in Adobe Flash (many have in the past) then it can allow hackers to break into your website or steal important customer information. Adobe Flash isn’t as widely used as it was a decade ago, but many websites still rely on it for its services because they have yet to update to newer platforms such as HTML5. By constantly looking for ways to update your workflow and bring new development tools into your company, you’ll be less susceptible to vulnerabilities that are found and exposed before they can be fixed.

Introducing Newer Features and Optimisation 

Development tools, as stated before, aren’t perfect. Sometimes new features are added at the request of customers and sometimes new optimisations are made so that software made with a particular development tool can run more smoothly and consume fewer computer resources. This article from Stackify.com highlights some of the newer features that came with the release of .NET Core 2.0. Razor Pages are a new form of “page” that doesn’t come with the complexities of ASP.NET MVC. This might sound like jargon to the uninitiated, but the thing to take away from this is that if you constantly keep your development tools and workflow updated, you can take advantage of newer and more efficient features that could make a huge difference to the success of your application and software.

Summary 

Although there are many other reasons to keep updating your workflow, these two are the main reasons that you should be thinking about. Even if it costs you money to update your development tools, it’s a worthwhile investment and every programmer should understand the importance of using these tools to improve the features and security of all the applications they make. As a business owner, it’s vital that you assist your programmers by giving them access to the latest tools, or else you might suffer by lacking features that your competiors have.