In this day and age, we all use technology continuously. With this in mind, it is important that all the software works consistently, and is upgraded and improved on a regular basis. Computers, phones and even cars all use technology and software of some kind. But how to create it?
The very basics of developing computer software require you to learn a programming language. There are many of these, and it can take a significant amount of time to master one properly in order to then proceed with developing a program by yourself. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, the language you use will depend on what the program is to be used for. It is very important to have a coherent plan and end goal.
Once you have specified exactly what the program will be used for, it is time to pick the language. Java is always a popular choice due to its simplicity and intuitive format. It is also a good place to start in learning the basics of programming. Other languages that have seen a lot of popularity include C, C++ and C#. These languages are primarily used to create apps, games and operating systems, among other things. For developing online forums or services in this vein, you would do well to look at PHP, Python and, of course, the old favourite, HTML.
It is important to get an editor into which the code can be input. These include Dreamweaver, Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio. Again, the use of each can depend on the need. Any language can be written in any editor, so it is easy to start with a free one and then upgrade later, as you get more proficient. Finally, you will need a compiler. Simply put, this translates the code into something the computer understands.
Once these factors have all been selected, you are now ready to start programming.