An application programmer is someone who has acquired high-level skills in a variety of computer programming languages. They are able to use these skills to modify and create new software applications or programs. A person with this job is also known as a developer or systems analyst.
In order to become an application programmer, you need to have completed post-secondary training in computer application development, computer programming, or computer science. In addition to this formal training, additional courses in various computer programming languages are typically required. These languages change all the time, so it is important to take classes and stay current.
There are three different kinds of positions available to an application programmer: systems analysis, creation, and implementation. All three tasks are part of the core skills required by any type of person in this job, regardless of the technology. The time spent completing these tasks form the core of the programmer's day.
There are two primary types of systems analysis: technical and functional. Technical analysis reviews the core behavior of the system. The primary purpose of this type of analysis is to look for ways to increase efficiency, manage the resources better, and work to enhance system performance. The application programmer is the best person to do this, as they are intimately familiar with the logic used in the program, and can make adjustments as needed.
Functional analysis is focused on what the program is supposed to do. The graphical user interface (GUI), interaction tools, and processing methodology are all explored and reviewed. This type of analysis provides valuable information on how the application is currently behaving, and when enhancements or adjustments can be made.
Creating a new application is typically a combination of multiple programs. Application programmers typically work in project teams for this type of initiative, with the project work divided into sections or functions. Communication and frequent updates are necessary to complete this type of work.
Implementation of new applications or major changes to existing ones are typically the responsibility of the application programmer. Their role is to schedule the transportation of the changes from the testing environment into the production environment, and then test to make sure everything works as expected. Depending on the system, implementations are often done during off hours, such as overnight or on the weekend. Website-based companies typically have an application programmer on staff to manage application maintenance, software support, and related changes.