You work as a computer programmer for a software development company. Your company has been commissioned to write a bespoke programme for a home furniture retail store. The programme must be able to allow the store to manage all aspects of their stock. This includes entering new stock, allocating existing stock and the ability to run reports based on these elements.
You must consider the range of programming languages available and decide on the most appropriate to use for this project. Once you have decided you will need to develop and test the program to ensure it meet the requirements of the store.
Before starting to develop the program, you will produce an information document for the development company to use when training new apprentices. This guide will focus on the use of computer languages, the structure of languages and the characteristics.
Task 1 – Produce an information document
You must consider the range of programming languages available and decide on the most appropriate to use for this project.
You must produce an information document in which you will detail the key areas of computer programming which need to be considered before the development of the program will begin.
This document should:
Describe how computer programming languages are used to meet business needs
Explain how computer programming languages are used in different industries
Explain the characteristics of different programming languages and the common similarities between them
Explain the requirements that are needed to develop this computer programming code
Explain the features of a programme environment which could be used to develop this programme
Explain the range of functions and methods used in computer programming
Identify the most appropriate language to use for this programme
To gain a merit grade you must also include in your information document:
An analysis of the sources of assistance to use when developing the computer programming code
An explanation of theadvantages and disadvantages of programming languages
To gain a distinction grade you must also include in your information document:
Anevaluation on the importance of programming languages in the manufacturing industry that may be used to manufacture the products for the retail store
An assessment of programming code and the problem the code is solving
LO1 AC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1M1, 1D1
LO2 AC 2.1, 2.5
LO3 AC 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3M1, 3D1
Task 2 – Write a computer programme
You must now write a computer programme which will be able to allow the store to manage all aspects of their stock. This includes entering new stock, allocating existing stock and the ability to run reports based on these elements.
Identify a problem to solve for the store, using a computer programme
Develop a computer programme using an appropriate Object Orientated Programming language (OOP) that can be used by the retail store to solve the problem
Ensure all code within the programme is explained using comments
To gain a merit grade you must also include in your computer programme:
a range of programming functions
To gain a distinction grade you must also include in your computer programme:
a range of functions which provide additional functionality in a computer programme
LO5AC 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5M1, 5D1
Task 3 – Test the programme
As the computer programme is now developed you must fully test the programme before it can be provided to the retail store for review.
You must complete the following activities:
Create a test plan detailing the tests to be completed
Carry out testing on the computer programme using a test plan
Review and evaluate the programme based on the end results LO5 AC 5.4, 5
Task 4 – Record a demonstration of the programme
Now that the programme has been developed you have been asked to record a narrated video demonstration talking through the computer programme
In your discussion, you must:
Explain the specifics of the code developed including any numbers, characters, arrays, variables, keywords, operators, loops, data types, commands
Explain input and output operators
Explain the characteristics of Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
Explain how encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism have been used in the Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
Describe the advantages of using Object Oriented Programming (OOP) to develop this programme for the store
LO2 AC2.2, 2.3, 2,4, 2.6
LO4 AC 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5