In hosted software (e.g., web site/application, database not shrinkwrap software) development, a development environment refers to a server tier designated to a specific stage in a release process.
Development, staging, and production is a common arrangement of tiers.
A more comprehensive list of tiers:
|Development||Development server aka sandbox|
|Integration||CI build target, or for developer testing of side effects|
|Test/QA||For functional, performance testing, Quality Assurance etc.|
|UAT||User acceptance testing|
|Stage/Pre-production||Mirror of production environment|
- Application lifecycle management
- Integrated development environment
- Release management
- Software deployment