Alpha Testing Definition
Alpha testing is a type of User Acceptance Testing or internal acceptance testing conducted by the testing team at the developer’s site. This is done to ensure that the application’s business requirements are met before releasing it to the client or the end-user. It is carried out in the later phase of software development using both black box and white box testing techniques.
Features of Alpha Testing
- It is performed by testing professionals, unlike beta testing which is performed by potential users.
- It is performed at the developer’s site.
- It involves both black boxes as well as white box testing techniques.
- It is carried out in a closely monitored testing environment.
- It has a longer testing cycle as compared to beta testing.
- Since it is a form of acceptance testing, so it helps in validating the application with the business requirements.
- As the testing takes placed in a controlled testing environment, the defect can be reproduced easily.
- Defect resolution is faster in Alpha testing as compared to beta testing.
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