When you start out creating a computer program, one decision you'll need to make is what platform you'll write software for. In the past, this meant making a choice between Windows, Apple OS and Linux, and given how many more users were on Windows, it was a no-brainer that that would be the platform of choice.
But now you have a much larger selection of operating systems that would serve as solid foundations for your program, particularly in the mobile sphere. Having said that, you may be wondering what the advantages are of developing for Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone over competitors such as iOS and Android.
For beginners, the first thing to note is that Microsoft is still far and away the most common operating system for enterprise business users. On desktop computers, Windows XP, 7, 8 and 8.1 account for over 80 percent of the market share for operating systems. This means that more people are still using Windows for their desktop computing needs than any other system, including Mac OS and Linux.
The second thing to note is that learning one platform doesn't exclude you from others. Building programs for any operating system involves many of the same steps and processes. While there would certainly be a learning curve for switching between platforms, it's something that software developers do all the time.
One of the strengths of the software coding classes we offer at The Coder Foundry is that while we approach software development from the perspective of a Windows developer, we teach you skills that would apply no matter what operating system you're using. For more information on our programs, make sure to browse our site today and apply for our Apprentice-level class!