Aims and topics
News: WASDeTT-4 is at ECOOP 2011! (July 25-26, 2011)
The WASDeTT workshop series is motivated by the observation that tools and tool building play an important role in applied academic software engineering research. The tangible results of research projects are often embodied in a tool. Even though tool building is a popular technique to validate research (e.g., proof-of-concept prototyping followed by user studies), it is neither simple nor cheap to accomplish. Given the importance of tool building and the significant cost associated with it, our workshop allows interested researchers to share their tool building experiences and to explore how tools can be build more effectively and efficiently.
The purpose of this workshop is not to focus on any specific kind of these tools (say, refactoring or program comprehension tools) but rather to gather researchers working on different tools, with the goal of providing a forum where tool builders can talk about common issues relevant to all tool builders, and builders of academic research prototypes in particular, such as
- Should tool building remain a craft?
- Should academic tools be of commercial quality?
- How to integrate and combine independently developed tools?
- What are the positive lessons learned in building tools?
- What are the pitfalls in tool building?
- What are the good practices?
- What are effective techniques to improve the quality of academic tools?
- What is needed to build an active community of developers and users?
- Are there any useful tool building patterns for software engineering tools?
- How to compare or benchmark such tools?
- What particular languages and language paradigms are suited to build software engineering tools?