Beta Testing

Written by Richard Lowe

I'm sure as you've cruised aroundrepparttar web you've run acrossrepparttar 131938 term "beta release" or "beta test version" or something to that effect. You may also have heard "alpha test" or "public preview" and other similar terms. Whatrepparttar 131939 heck do these terms mean?

All well managed product development projects are split into multiple phases, each distinct and each with it's own goals. Generally you begin with a proof of concept, request for proposal, short analysis or things like this. You follow this short cycle with a longer analysis, then a design specification, and finally you implementrepparttar 131940 program. This consists ofrepparttar 131941 actual coding of repparttar 131942 programs and might include documentation as well.

Now you've got a finished project, and what you are supposed to do next is a quality assurance step. Generally, you want to test and test and test untilrepparttar 131943 program (or application system) exactly meetsrepparttar 131944 design specification (which should be treated as a sacred document) and associated standards manuals. It is critical to note that testing is done againstrepparttar 131945 specification and standards manual and nothing else at this phase ofrepparttar 131946 project.

When and only when you complete this testing andrepparttar 131947 product 100% does what it was designed to do, then you create what is called an alpha test. This consists of sendingrepparttar 131948 code to a select group of users who will pound onrepparttar 131949 product. Their job is to ensure that repparttar 131950 product works inrepparttar 131951 field under conditions outside of your lab.

Once your product has been tested by some alpha testers, you may want to take some time to correct any issues, then perhaps send it out torepparttar 131952 alpha testers again. You might repeat this step one or two times untilrepparttar 131953 number of bugs found is significantly reduced.

Your next step is to widenrepparttar 131954 group of testers greatly. This is called a beta test, and in it's purpose is to ensure your product works on an even wider base of computers. The theory is you cannot duplicate all conditions in your lab, andrepparttar 131955 alpha testers are purposely kept to a small, very manageable group.

"The Most Powerful Skills You Could Have as a Webmaster"

Written by Raynay Valles

What arerepparttar most powerful skills you could have as a webmaster?

HTML and website creation programs Graphics programs Perl CGI ASP Javascript Coldfusion

Those skills are great, but what many employers and clients REALLY WANT goes unsaid. What they do not tell you is this: They really want high-impact results. And you can get high-impact results by honing high-impact skills.

High-impact skills are: +designing to facilitate sales +search engine optimization, submittal and tracking +writing to sell +knowing how to increase traffic that results in sales +trackingrepparttar 131936 success of ad campaigns

Imagine taking a website from 0 to 100,000 people a month through your search engine efforts. Or placing ads in publications you recommended that resulted in thousands in sales. Or revamping an old site in a way that causes twice as many people to buy from your site.

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