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Online Riven
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« Posted 2014-02-07 20:12:32 »

  • We code to develop a product that is usable
  • In this process, we call partial or unstable versions beta
  • We consider beta to be inferior to the primary version
  • As it's one gradation below primary, it's one gradation below alpha
  • Alpha is the primary version
  • Why do we call pre-beta versions alpha versions?

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Offline Gibbo3771
« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-02-07 20:15:17 »


"This code works flawlessly first time and exactly how I wanted it"
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Online Drenius
« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-02-07 20:30:34 »

Why not? Why even greek letters?
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Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-02-07 21:55:04 »

Because alpha versions come first?
Alpha = first; beta = second


EDIT: Almost handed over my head! There is a logical fallacy there, I can't remember the name, brb.

EDIT2: Riven's use of the word primary is an equivocation fallacy.

Inferring that
Beta < primary
Alpha = primary
therefore Beta < Alpha

Is not valid, as 'primary' has two meanings, 'main', and 'first', which are not equivalent.
Online UprightPath
« Reply #4 - Posted 2014-02-07 21:59:56 »

Because Latin > Greek. So Prime > Alpha (1st), Beta (2nd), etc..

Online Drenius
« Reply #5 - Posted 2014-02-07 23:15:38 »

Is there any sense in this discussion?
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« Reply #6 - Posted 2014-02-07 23:40:37 »

I didn't understand it at first, and now that I do, I'm even more confused.

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2014-02-08 14:31:44 »

Is there any sense in this discussion?

I'm pretty sure it's just a random brain fart Wink

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Online Drenius
« Reply #8 - Posted 2014-02-08 17:29:08 »

yea...
Offline theagentd
« Reply #9 - Posted 2014-02-09 03:12:50 »

I thought beta was final release version. I have 99% of all recently released games to prove it.

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Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #10 - Posted 2014-02-09 03:16:08 »

I thought beta was final release version. I have 99% of all recently released games to prove it.

Is the last 1% the elusive gamma version releases? Those are the best.
Offline theagentd
« Reply #11 - Posted 2014-02-09 03:18:00 »

My idea was that there was a few really polished indie games out there, but then I remembered Minecraft and got sad.

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Offline ags1

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2014-02-09 20:20:01 »

The Alpha version is the one with all the cool features everyone wants. This is the True Version of the software.

The Beta version is the same, but with half the cool new features descoped.

The GA version is the same, but all cool features have now been descoped.

Offline Agro
« Reply #13 - Posted 2014-02-09 20:26:23 »

lets use semantic versioning 8D

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« Reply #14 - Posted 2014-02-10 03:22:13 »

Wait what.   Huh

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2014-02-10 03:57:27 »

Shhh Riven shhh... don't talk and you'll be ok. You don't want to piss off the wrong people by letting their little secret out!

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