Creating the preliminary software design is helpful when communicating with your client because a visual and tangible representation of the project is easier to give back. It will also be useful in later stages of the development process as a reference point for developers. Step 4: Development Once all the above preparations are done, it's time to move on to the development stage. This is when the developers do the necessary programming and bring the software idea to life. This stage of the development process is usually the longest, as it culminates in a nearly finished working product. During this step, the software will go through several steps: The pre-alpha is the version of the software before and during the development phase.
Pre-alphas usually exist as prototypes or design sketches, but are far from a finished product. The Alpha version is a draft of the software. It has most of the functionality and features that were described at the design stage, but may still be missing many important elements or contain serious errors. The beta version is a more complete and refined iteration of the software, but it is still not ready for release. Beta versions go through rigorous testing to identify and fix hidden issues or bugs. Release Candidate is a completed beta version that has the potential to be released to the customer. At this point, all software features have been designed and implemented, and testing is done from the user's perspective. Step 5: Quality assurance Once the software release candidate is completed and approved, it enters the .