When we heard the word “Sandbox” then suddenly our mind clicked about it as a low, wide container filled with sand in which children use to play. But things are different here. We are going to talk about the sandbox used in developing in the field of software development. Basics are quite same but things are different. By providing sandboxes to a child we create an environment of a real playground with some resources and restrictions. Similarly in a software sandbox we create an environment in which development can be done with some tools as resources and some restrictions over what it can do.
So we can write a sandbox as a technical environment in which software development can be done and whose scope is well defined.
Software project having mainly four areas through which every software development steps processed. These are:
- Quality Assurance
- UAT ( User acceptance testing )
All these phase needs sandboxes to deliver their results fast with less risk of technical errors. We have categorized these sandboxes in five different types according to their uses in development process. Those are:
Development – These type of sandboxes provide an environment to developers and programmer to work or develop software with their separate set of tools that comes with the sandbox as a package without affecting the rest of their project team. Hortonworks Sandbox is an example of this in which all related and required tools come along with Hadoop working environment.
Project integration- These sandboxes are used to integrate the environment between a team. As we saw in development process that every team member having their own sandbox, so project integration sandbox establish an environment in which all the team members can exchange data and information to each other and validate the work before sending it to Quality Assurance sandbox.
Quality assurance – These sandboxes are useful in the testing process where it is shared by several teams and is often controlled by a specific separate team. The purpose of this sandbox is to provide an environment as real as the real time use so we can test our applications in different conditions. This sandbox is very useful when many applications access the database but it is same important when a single application access the database. We need to test within this sandbox before approaching to the User Acceptance Test.
UAT sandbox – These sandboxes are used for the acceptance testing purposes. This is the pre-step of production. So these sandboxes provides a real time scenario where the user acceptance testing can be performed.
Production – This is the final stage of software creation i.e. software has to release in this stage. So these sandboxes provide an actual environment in which the software has to establish.
The primary advantage of using sandboxes are that it always contains a package of software for the respective software development, so it makes the developers work easy and reduce the risk of technical errors.
OSP uses all these types of sandboxes while working on any project. With the help of these sandboxes we provide fast and better services to our clients. We provide an error free solutions by using these techniques. By using these sandboxes it’s very easy for us to provide a setup to our clients in less period of time. These type of special techniques make us different and unique for our clients.