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Web Engineering Hardcover – Dec 22 2005
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From the reviews:
"The book represents a respectable attempt to advance the concepts of the emerging discipline of Web engineering. It is mostly oriented towards technical management, and stresses empirical investigations and testing issues. This makes the book unique in the current market. … As most of the topics addressed are not covered sufficiently in other current literature, I recommend the book to Web practitioners. It can also be valuable educational material for graduate students." (M. Bielikova, Computing Reviews, August, 2006)
About the Author
Dr. Emilia Mendes has worked in software development and management for 10 years, before obtaining her PhD and becoming a full-time academic in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, NZ. She is the principal investigator in the Tukutuku Research project, which aims to collect data about Web projects and use it to develop Web cost estimation models and to benchmark productivity across and within Web Companies. She is the director of the WETA (Web Engineering, Technology and Applications) research group. She has presented numerous lectures, conference presentations and workshops on Web cost estimation and chaired an industry workshop in January 2004 on Web cost estimation and productivity benchmarking (Auckland, NZ). She has provided consulting for Web companies on Web cost estimation, usability and process improvement. She is part of the organising committee for the 2005 International Conference on Web Engineering and is co-chairing a workshop on Web measurement and metrics at the 2005 World-Wide Web conference.
Dr. Nile Mosley is Director of MetriQ (NZ) Limited which specialises in the development of time and project management software tools. He has co-authored with Dr. Mendes several conference and journals papers on Web cost estimation and Web sizing.
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Nevertheless, there seems to be a consensus that there is not such a high degree of maturity in the engineering discipline for software (be it web-based or traditional software) as it exists for example for car manufacturing. What does not appear to be acceptable to customers of other products, i.e., the fact that customers receive insufficiently tested and hard to use products where users sometimes emerge into beta-testers instead of using the product from day one on after shipment and have to install numerous patches before the product starts working flawlessly can be a reality in the software domain. The book tries to provide a solution to this problem.
To structure the domain the book is organized in thirteen chapters. In each chapter the book addresses a different aspect of web engineering. Each chapter is written by a different team of authors. A great variety of aspects is covered. Only a few areas, for example supportability of web-based applications in customer support cases and security of web-based applications are missing from the description. Overall the book gives valuable guidance when planning the creation of web applications. Practitioners can use the book as a checklist to make sure that no relevant aspect is overlooked when creating a web based application. Each chapter represents an item on the checklist. People in academia benefit from the book as it is probably the first comprehensive write-up of the topic of Web Engineering. It covers the spectrum of Web Engineering broadly - diving deep down to the mathematical foundation for some aspects, only scratching the surface of others. Even if engaging in hands-on work is not the motivation for reading the book it definitely gives an excellent overview of almost all relevant aspects of the engineering of web-based applications.
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