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  • Proceedings Twelfth International Workshop on Software Technology and Engineering Practice

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): c1
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  • 12 International Workshop on Software Technology and Engineering Practice - Title

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):i - iii
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  • 12 International Workshop on Software Technology and Engineering Practice - Copyright

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  • 12 International Workshop on Software Technology and Engineering Practice - Table of contents

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  • Foreword

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  • Conference and Program Committees

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  • Steering Committee

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  • Introduction to STEP 2004: Applications and Emerging Trends in Software Engineering Practice

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  • Do arbitrary function approximators make sense as software prediction models?

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):7 pp. - 9
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    Predicting software development effort with high precision is still a major challenge for the industry and a major research area in software engineering. A significant share of research on software prediction is devoted to research on arbitrary function approximators, such as estimation by analogy, regression trees and artificial neural networks. This paper questions the use of arbitrary function ... View full abstract»

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  • Predictive software models

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):10 pp. - 22
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    A predictive software model (PSM) is any model extracted from software engineering data that can be readily used to make a prediction regarding some aspect of a software system. In this paper, we present some well known applications of predictive software models, and propose new potential applications for PSMs. We also introduce the promise software engineering repository of public datasets. The p... View full abstract»

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  • Characterizing programmers' information-seeking during software evolution

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):7 pp. - 29
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    This paper proposes an empirical approach, called content analysis, to identify the information sought and obtained by programmers as they maintain software systems. Using this information, researchers have the potential to determine the information bottlenecks that programmers encounter as they view representations of their software systems. As such, this work promises both direction and an evalu... View full abstract»

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  • The application of content analysis to programmer mailing lists as a requirements method for a software visualisation tool

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):10 pp. - 39
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    The study set out to examine the following research question: 'What types of information are most important to the experienced programmer during maintenance?'. A content analysis scheme was applied to program summaries extracted from online open source Java mailing lists in order to investigate the information types employed when describing programs. The aim of which was to explore a method of req... View full abstract»

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  • The role of content analysis in the development of theory and understanding of software engineering

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):5 pp. - 46
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    This paper initially describes the part content analysis can play in providing a new means of gaining knowledge about software engineers and software engineering. A miniature example study is described that serves to illustrate how content analysis can be applied to produce longitudinal quantitative data from the relatively rich yet under-exploited source of Usenet newsgroups View full abstract»

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  • A framework for business model driven development

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):8 pp. - 56
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    Typically, large companies in an effort to increase efficiency specify business processes using workflow languages, while software designers specify the systems that implement these processes with the use of languages like UML. This separation of domain expertise allows for software engineers from each individual area to work more efficiently using domain specific languages and tools. However, mod... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating UML tool support for effective coordination and communication across geographically disparate sites

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):8 pp. - 64
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    Model driven software evolution provides a means to address some of the cultural differences experienced when software is developed across geographical boundaries and time zones. This scenario is now common place in the global software engineering domain. The lack of synchronization between design models and source code, for a development team working in different time zones, can lead to strained ... View full abstract»

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  • Evolving legacy systems through a multi-objective decision process

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):11 pp. - 75
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    Our previous work on improving the quality of object-oriented legacy systems includes: i) devising a quality-driven re-engineering framework (L. Tahvildari et al., 2003); ii) proposing a software transformation framework based on soft-goal interdependency graphs to enhance quality (L. Tahvildari and K. Kontogiannis, 2002); and iii) investigating the usage of metrics for detecting potential design ... View full abstract»

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  • Quality and constraint driven workflow composition

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):12 pp. - 88
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    Complex business workflows are becoming an integral part of day-to-day business activities. As companies merge or embark in collaborations, there is a need to analyze, update, and integrate existing workflow specifications and run-time applications, to generate new ones that conform to specific target requirements and constraints. We propose a software engineering framework and its associated algo... View full abstract»

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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 89
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