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alpha test

[′al·fə ‚test]
(computer science)
A test of software carried out at the user's location and using actual data.

alpha test

The first test of newly developed hardware or software in a laboratory setting. When the first round of bugs has been fixed, the product goes into beta test with actual users. For custom software, the customer may be invited into the vendor's facilities for an alpha test to ensure the client's vision has been interpreted properly by the developer. See beta test and testing types.
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Management believes that once the Company obtains its Comodo SSL Certificate and completes additional rounds of alpha test bookings, Oveedia's booking engine will be ready to go 'live.
For those who will be playing on the Xbox One and PC, the alpha test continues.
Alpha tests are of course earlier versions of the application and the company alerts users that they "could be less stable than the releases in the Android Experiment Program.
Less oversight is required during Alpha Test as the burden falls on the program manager to build the case necessary to deliver the incremental capability to the next user or integrator in the chain.
Marshall doesn't figure to face another Alpha test with the exception of Village Christian.
Typically the alpha test is followed by a "beta test," where the innovation is piloted with a group of average users to discover the fine-tuning necessary before general implementation of the innovation on a broad scale is undertaken.
A recent survey conducted by RIM, of the BlackBerry developers using the 5,000 Dev Alpha test devices distributed during the BlackBerry Jam World Tour, found that 99 per cent of respondents had already started BlackBerry 10 projects.