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I'm trying to figure out the right terminology for the different types of software development

Right now, the only development term I know is "web development", but I've also done a lot of Java and C# development for desktop applications. Obviously this isn't web development, but I'd like to be able to group these under a single term that is widely known and accepted within the industry.

Would the term for applications on the desktop be "desktop development"?

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Downvoter, I've edited the question. Perhaps leave a comment if the question still needs improvement? –  Stephen Watkins Apr 4 '12 at 2:51
    
Have you considered "software development"? I know it is a bit generic, but I haven't seen "desktop development" on very many job postings or resumes. –  katemats Apr 4 '12 at 3:59
    
@KateRoth-Matsudaira Yeah, I thought about that. However, I didn't think 'web development' and 'software development' was a good balance, since 'software development' could encompass 'web development'? Basically, I need to show on my resume that I'm good at web development but also good at Java/C#/etc desktop development - and I need it to be two different categories. –  Stephen Watkins Apr 4 '12 at 4:09
    
for the record: this question has been discussed at Programmers Meta –  gnat Apr 6 '12 at 9:06
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I still see quite a few ads for Desktop Application Development. I think you might get more play if you specify the platform - Windows Application Development or OSX Application Development, for example, along with the languages (eg, C++) and libraries/frameworks (eg, Qt), so something like:

Developed applications for Windows using C++ in Qt 4.5

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Desktop Application Development or Rich Client Development come to mind...

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The classifications I've always known are

  • Web Development
  • Desktop Development
  • Mobile Development
  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Database Development (Stored Procs, etc.)
  • Client-Server Development (Not used as frequently as it once was)
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