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Perpetual Beta

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This week, I will be looking at Perpetual Beta in terms of the advantages it offers for software development.  Perpetual Beta has undoubtedly changed the way that products are planned, developed and ultimately marketed to the end user – in that the release cycle has become less rigid and more adaptable to the needs of the end users.

Some examples of the success of Perpetual Beta can be seen in Google Maps (covered in the Week 8 lecture) – the long public beta gave Google the user feedback it needed to refine its application before publishing it as a full product – which has since been adopted in mashups and on some smartphone devices. 

Most importantly, this “extended” beta process achieved greater levels of functionality without sacrificing the quality of a product that has become ubiquitous.


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Software Above the Level of a Single Device


This week, we looked at software that goes above the level of a single device.  In simple terms, devices that perform the functions of two or more unique devices a few years ago contain software that makes this possible.  Some examples were outlined, and I took from these examples and did some of my own research – ultimately to determine what else in the market fits this criteria.

A current example of software that goes above the level of a single device is that contained in the new Nintendo DSi XL.  The latest handheld console from Nintendo allows traditional games to be played, with the added advantage of internet access through its embedded browser.  It is an excellent example of a device with software that goes beyond the level of a single device because of its interconnectivity with wireless networks.

It also takes software interoperability to a new level with its support for older GameBoy Advance games through what Nintendo calls its DSiShop.  This is a strong practice that is being used by most console manufacturers – and adds life to games that would’ve traditionally become obselete and difficult to obtain with the development of newer consoles.

For a summary of its features, please check out http://nintendods.com/meet-dsi-xl-specs.jsp

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