In the context of computer software, a sandbox is a limited software
license that allows developers to make use of the licensed software in
a way that is technically productive but not commercially lucrative.
The sandbox license is provided at no cost, or for negligible cost, to
enable developers to become familiar with the software, evaluate the
suitability of the software, and perhaps to develop prototype
applications (but not to deploy them).
That last restriction (no deployment) is the key to the sandbox
license. The software vendor wants to help the customer to get to the
point where they are ready to buy a full-priced license for deployment
Although the term "sandbox license" is commonly used by developers,
the vendor may have a more formal name such as "Developer Network
License" or "Evaluation License" or "Non-commercial License".
The precise license terms of a sandbox license are decided by the
software vendor, but will always exclude commercially-viable use. For
"Shared-source developer sandbox - License program allows
for real-time prototyping on live server grid with full
bandwidth and simulation/load testing."
IBM Butterfly Online Video Gaming Grid
"We grant you a nonexclusive, nontransferable limited
license to use the programs only for the purpose of
developing a single prototype of your application, and
not for any other purpose..."
Oracle Technology Network Developer License Terms
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