At Works, we rely on expert developers who employ integrated development environments (IDEs) and the command line to design our software and systems. Their competence and dedication are integral to our organisation’s flexibility and reliability, and without their hard work, our success would be curtailed.
Access to an operating system is a prerequisite for developers to use the development environments required for software creation. As different people use computers, there are diverse options available for this purpose. At Works, we ensure that our programmers have access to a variety of operating systems, including Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows for computers, Android for laptops and tablets, and iOS for smartphones and tablets.
Choosing an operating system warrants careful consideration from both programmers and consumers. A software engineer’s performance and accuracy may be influenced by the operating system they choose to utilize.
Let’s delve into the diverse aspects of programming and identify the most fitting OS for each one.
Backend Development for Applications
Server-side development or back-end development serves as the foundation for the infrastructure and processes which sustain the back-end services, websites and online applications of your business. Inadequate back-end development may impede your business’s ability to meet the market’s demands, supply chain challenges and competitor pressures.
Designing back-end services entails a great deal of attention to detail with respect to databases, back-end logic, APIs, servers and services. As a result, programmers who possess familiarity with the ecosystems in which these services are researched and developed are considered ideal for the job. In most cases, Linux serves as the platform of choice for most back-end services. Therefore, it is essential that your back-end engineers are conversant with the command line and other means of communicating with the underlying systems.
It has been established that Linux is the superior operating system for back-end development. Linux provides an assortment of desktop distributions, in addition to servers, allowing your team to choose the most fitting configuration for replicating the development environment of the target operating system.
The operating system (OS) utilized by front-end developers is not as crucial as it is for back-end developers, as a significant portion of their work is conducted within a web browser. Hence, engineers are free to select any OS that is compatible with their preferred Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Globally, Windows is the most widely used OS and may be favorable for these developers, although it is important to keep in mind that most users may access your site or application via the Chrome browser.
Windows hosts the majority of front-end-specific tools such as Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), emulators and debuggers, however this does not limit the choice of operating system. A majority of web browsers are now available on different operating systems, allowing engineers to work on almost any OS, as long as they have access to the necessary tools.
Mobile Device Technology
With the high internet traffic generated by mobile devices globally, the mobile industry is growing at a rapid pace. This underscores the importance of programmers enhancing their mobile development skills to remain optimally competitive.
When developing for mobile platforms, there are two major choices to consider: Android and iOS. Android developers have the flexibility of working on any of the major operating systems because the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and its core languages, Java and Kotlin, are compatible with all three systems. However, for iOS development, it is recommended that developers use macOS as it is the most suitable operating system for building iOS apps.
Construction of Shipping Containers
Incorporating containers into your business is highly recommended. Containers offer the ability to deploy highly scalable services, which is challenging with traditional monolithic applications. Therefore, incorporating containers in your future plans is crucial for enabling your company to keep pace with changing demand.
When developing containers, it is best to use Linux due to its frequent use as the host operating system for deploying containerized applications and its significant role in the creation of containers. Therefore, Linux should be the preferred choice of operating system for creating containers to ensure optimal results.
There is a noticeable surge in low-code and no-code app development, which eliminates the necessity for in-house programming. This method of development can be achieved within a web browser and is compatible with a plethora of operating systems such as ChromeOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Android and iOS.
Investing in areas such as the backend, frontend, mobile, container, and low-code/no-code development will equip your company with the essential tools to adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape. Selecting an appropriate operating system for the task at hand will enable your developers to work at their highest potential.