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Software release life cycle
Stages of development (making the computer program)
Pre-alpha is the first stage of making a computer program. People making the computer program think up what the computer program should have in it, and start to actually create the computer program itself.
Alpha software is a computer program that can do most of what the programmers (people who make the software) want it to do, but it has lots of problems. Only the things that the programmers really want the software to do has been made without many problems.
A computer program goes into beta when programmers have made the software do everything it needs to do, but there are probably still problems. The people who make the software then give it out to other people, so they can say whether the software works. Often, they find problems that they didn't find in alpha.
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