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Web Engineering [Hardcover]

Emilia Mendes , Nile Mosley

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Dec 8 2005 3540281967 978-3540281962 2006

Since its original inception back in 1989 the Web has changed into an environment where Web applications range from small-scale information dissemination applications, often developed by non-IT professionals, to large-scale, commercial, enterprise-planning and scheduling applications, developed by multidisciplinary teams of people with diverse skills and backgrounds and using cutting-edge, diverse technologies.

As an engineering discipline, Web engineering must provide principles, methodologies and frameworks to help Web professionals and researchers develop applications and manage projects effectively. Mendes and Mosley have selected experts from numerous areas in Web engineering, who contribute chapters where important concepts are presented and then detailed using real industrial case studies. After an introduction into the discipline itself and its intricacies, the contributions range from Web effort estimation, productivity benchmarking and conceptual and model-based application development methodologies, to other important principles such as usability, reliability, testing, process improvement and quality measurement. This is the first book that looks at Web engineering from a measurement perspective.

The result is a self-containing, comprehensive overview detailing the role of measurement and metrics within the context of Web engineering. This book is ideal for professionals and researchers who want to know how to use sound principles for the effective management of Web projects, as well as for courses at an advanced undergraduate or graduate level.

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"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Web Engineering - A New Engineering Discipline at the Horizon Sept. 20 2006
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Have you recently been tried to create a web page or web application or tried to web enable an existing application? Have you researched how this should be done best before you started to create the program code? If so, you may have come across "Web Engineering", edited by Emilia Mendes and Nile Mosley. The editors make the claim that an established engineering discipline like Software Engineering despite its usefulness for development of traditional applications does not provide sufficient solutions to the challenges web based applications pose. The assumption the editors (and all authors of the chapters in the book) make is that there is and will continue to be a fundamental difference between traditional software applications and web-based applications. It is indeed an interesting question whether Web Engineering as a new engineering discipline is needed or not. You might think that the difference between both areas is too small, knowing that many full-fledged web applications started their life as "normal" applications and were later on "web enabled", i.e., a layer was put on top of them to make them appear in web browsers.

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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