Software development kits are particularly useful for developers. They feature a specific set of development tools for each type of software development. If you are reading this you may be wondering what is included in these software development kits.
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SDK stands for ‘software development kit’ and is often referred to as SDK for short. It is a set of tools and programs that are provided by hardware and software vendors. They are a collection that comes in one installable package.
Developers can use a software development kit to build applications for specific platforms. SDKs help developers to integrate their apps with a vendor’s services easily.
SDKs include code samples, documentation, application programming interfaces (APIs), libraries, processes and guides. Developers can use these things to help them integrate into their apps.
Software development kits also help developers to maintain applications without having to write things from scratch.
To look at software development kits in more detail and specifically their components keep reading.
Libraries are the collection of reusable and packaged chunks of code that perform specific functions or a set of closely related functions. Libraries can be inserted into an application and implement a function. This helps with the interface functions without developers having to write code from scratch.
Software development kits usually contain APIs. An API is a set of libraries that make up a core language, they are predefined pieces of code that enable developers to perform common programming tasks on a platform.
Integrated development environments or IDEs are visual editors that help with design and layout. This includes graphical elements such as text boxes and buttons such as ‘like’ buttons.
IDEs are particularly common in mobile app development kits, for example, Apple’s IDE is Xcode and it is for developing iOS applications. This includes when building software and apps for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, whilst there are numerous IDE options for Android.
Testing tools and compilers include tools for debugging. This helps developers identify coding errors at all stages of the application development process. Identifying errors along each stage of the development process is a lot easier to rectify any issues along the way instead of identifying errors at the end.
Documentation in software development kits includes a set of supporting documents that helps the end users and overall user experience with the software application.
Documentation is vital in software development kits because it explains how the SDK works on a particular operating system. For example, on Google or iOS or a specific programming language such as Dot Net.
It encompasses the instructions and tutorials to provide help to developers as they go through the different stages of development.
Software development kit for .NET includes documentation, header files, samples, libraries and tools required to develop applications for Microsoft Windows and .NET Framework.
The software development kit for .NET is a set of libraries and tools that allow developers to create applications. They contain the following components that are used to build and run applications. The .NET Framework software development kit is dedicated to developing applications for .NET Framework.
A developer will need the right software development kit for the type of software or application they are producing. This means if they are building an iOS application they will need an iOS software development kit, an Android toolkit for building Android applications, a Nordic SDK for wireless or Bluetooth applications and a .NET Software Development kit that needs a Microsoft SDK.
For large-scale software-as-a-service applications, enterprises typically use the open-source .NET software development kit platform, which is supported by Microsoft.
Other software development kits include Microsoft Windows, and Java Development Kit and they are largely associated with mobile apps. However, they can also be used by developers in relation to website development, set-top boxes and other digital platforms too. They are not only limited to mobile apps.
How to use an SDK usually involved the following three steps:
Although there are different types of software development kits, which can be used for a variety of programming languages there are a few key benefits of SDKs, some of which include the following:
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