You may have fond memories of playing in a sandbox as a child — the endless creativity of building sandcastles and roads without worrying about making a mistake. On the soft, malleable ground, there was room to try and fail, build and destroy. Establishing room for creative muscles to develop and explore is essential to building such skills as problem solving, cooperation, and ideation. In adulthood, sandboxes can take on a totally different context, but can yield the same benefits.
As an adult, a sandbox can refer to a place of creative or experimental safety — a metaphorical boundary imposed on an area in which you can freely test ideas and innovate. In technology, a sandbox is a contained virtual environment separated from live networks, systems, and programs.
The phrase “sandboxing” is a commonly used tech industry term. But what is sandboxing? Sandboxing is testing out new lines of code and programs in the sandbox environment, free from concerns of negatively impacting other operational systems or programs.
Just as the sand in a sandbox protects children from hard surfaces, a virtual sandbox protects developers during experimentation and trial-and-error problem-solving. It stimulates the imagination, allowing room for growth.