Modern application development differs from quick-and-dirty
cowboy coding in that changes don’t go right from the developer’s workstation to the production website. Instead, the application lifecycle passes multiple stages, like in this example:
- During development, a new feature is continually tested locally on the developer’s workstation.
- When the feature is finished, it is uploaded to a staging application that runs on the same platform as the production application. This ensures that all the issues that would otherwise occur in production can get fixed behind the scenes.
- Before the feature may be released in production, it has to undergo User Acceptance Testing (UAT) first. This step is common especially in client work by web agencies.
- After final approval, the new feature is deployed to the production environment.
A staging workflow like this ensures that proper QA is applied to every change, and in the end it prevents embarassing website issues and downtimes.
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