Beta is the second stage involved in the software development lifecycle. After the alpha release, which generally involves preliminary and elementary development concerns, the software is considered ready for the Beta stage (or the beta test).
For the Beta stage, all of the product’s primary features are fully developed and offered to a select number of participants (known as beta testers) who are not members of the organization or development team. They are invited to use the product to identify possible performance issues that may arise in production environments, with the developers generally looking out for the product’s usability, efficiency, and security in real-world scenarios. This is what is often referred to as the Beta version of a software product.
What comes after a beta test?
There are two types of Beta tests, namely private and public betas. We have described above a private beta ( a select group of active beta testers are invited to identify lags for apps in development). On the other hand, a public beta can be considered a market introduction to demonstrate the use of a product. It is generally offered for test purposes to a broader subset of users, potentially the final consumers of the product.
When all bugs have been fixed and all relevant feedback attended to, the project is staged as a “release candidate”; if no further issues are identified, the cryptocurrency project is set for its official release.
This Beta testing concept is used in the building technology process of a cryptocurrency. Before a crypto project hits any major exchanges, its developers test the cryptocurrency in this same fashion, ensuring the blockchain architecture is sturdy enough for an actual release.