Discussion in 'Domain Research' started by landlord, Nov 1, 2007.
Can some explain to me what beta is all about?
in reference to what?
Alpha - Full development stage. Most of phased developments added. Still bugs to be dealt with.
Beta - Phased development completed. Most bugs dealt with. Testing cycle
gamma - release cycle. Testing and minor bug fixing. All major bugs dealt with.
Stable/Release. Development/Testing cut off. All new development on next release candidate.
A lot of development now have RC - release cycles to replace gamma releases. e.g php now at 5.2.5rc1. Also only major releases go through alpha/beta. Sub-releases generally go through beta/gamma/rc
Google were in 'beta' stage for a long time, which in reality was post-gamma, but was still having lots of production ready things added to it so they used beta because it sounded like they were doing something.
Funny really, I was shocked at my last job when the development manager didn't know there was a gamma stage!
Alot of companies including Nomient talk about beta....is it a programming language?
No it just means the last testing phase before the product is rolled out, e.g. if I was to create a piece of software, I would want to make sure it worked an had no bugs in it, so I would release a beta version, people or companies testing it for me would be beta testers.
When I had feedback from the beta testers I would fix any problems etc then release a final version.
hope this helps.
e.g The EPP is at beta stage at the moment with registrars using a non-production testbed.
It's just a phase we're going through. Sometime's life's a bit beta!
two good wiki wicked explanations...now me, a non techie, knows! At least we ain't going back to betamax then...LOL
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