July 20, 2005

beta, noun

  1. Mainframe applications (archaic): A six to tweleve month period when professional testers exercise a program under real-world loads with production data, documenting the results.
  2. Desktop applications: The first successful compile.
  3. Web applications: When a cool codename has been picked and t-shirts printed. Also, some vague notions of what the program will do have been tossed around.

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