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Re:Don't release betas?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 13, 2005 09:59 PM
Since when do you need a "wide enough audience" to test some code? For some "very large" projects, such as the Linux kernel, having a broad alpha/beta-test base is a good thing. But for small to medium sized projects you certainly don't need 3000 developers across the planet to give you the thumbs up before you mark your code as "working".

For a lot of projects (especially those using automated testing and unit-testing) it's very simple and suitable to do the testing yourself. Beta should mean that "it's suitable for someone without detailed knowledge of the code to run it and it does what it's supposed to do", i.e. no obvious showstopper bugs... sure there will be bugs in it but it will do something useful...

Also, since when does "releasing the code" == "you can call it beta"... again you don't have to have the planet review your code for you to know that it works and be fit for purpose...

I think the previous poster was indicating that there is little point in releasing unstable code since it costs everyone time and effort that could have been better spent getting it right!

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