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Gold code is the final form of software code before the software's commercial release. A software usually undergoes several development phases before it becomes gold code. First, software functions are individually developed and tested with each newly added function. Then, a graphical user interface is added so that users can perform functions via several means, including buttons, task bars and keyboard shortcuts. Finally, a team tests different function sequences to ensure there are no hidden bugs.
Gold code is stored for future reference in the developer’s project library. A software project code changes multiple times before the code reaches the final form, which is used to generate the commercial package. The final project code prior to gold code is called a beta version. Beta testers are team members who test the code before the commercial package is released.