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                       Contents of This Issue

   o  Book Proposal: Agile Software Development Quality Assurance

   o  eValid: Latest News, New Features, Updates

   o  International Workshop on Softawre Factories

   o  ICSE 2006: 28th International Conference on Software
      Engineering, Shanghai, China

   o  eValid: Usage Recommendations

   o  International Journal on Web Engineering and Technology

   o  Software Verification and Validation Track (ACM Symposium on
      Applied Computing)

   o  Verification 2005, Haifa, Israel

   o  2nd International Workshop on Web Services & Formal Methods

   o  QTN Article Submittal, Subscription Information


           Agile Software Development Quality Assurance

                         A book edited by
                       Dr. Ioannis Stamelos,
           Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


                        Panagiotis Sfetsos,
   Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece


Agile methods drastically alter the software development process. By
using a number of best practices, agile methods can handle unstable
and volatile requirements throughout the development lifecycle and
can deliver products in shorter timeframes and under predefined
budget constraints. The most notable of these practices are: simple
planning, short iteration, earlier release, and frequent customer

These characteristics enable agile methods to deliver product
releases in much shorter periods of time compared to the traditional
methods. Agile methods, compared to traditional software
development, include further practices that have quality assurance
potential. Examples are system metaphor, on-site customer, pair
programming, test-first development, refactoring, continuous
integration and acceptance testing.  Many reports support and
evangelize the advantages of agile methods.  However, proponents of
agile methods must provide convincing answers to questions such as
"What is the quality of the software produced?" or "Which evidence
supports the superiority of agile quality?". There has been little
published work that focuses on agile software development quality

                 The Overall Objective of the Book

This book aims at publishing original academic work and experience
reports from industry related to agile software development quality
assurance. The book mission is to give a clear description of the
fundamentals in ASDQA theory, filling the gap in the literature, and
to provide concrete results from agile software development

Successful quality management in agile software development can help
participants in the agile software development process avoid risks
and project failures that are frequently encountered in traditional
software projects. It is also known that agile methods make the key
business users a very strong partner in assuring quality. Rather
than completely leaving quality to the professionals, agile projects
make these key users responsible for ensuring that the application
is fit for purpose. However, the whole development process must be
analyzed, measured and validated from the quality point of view, as
it is claimed to be the rule when traditional methods are employed.
The area is wide and entails many facets that the book must clarify,

   a. differences and similarities between the traditional quality
      assurance procedures and the agile methods, b. identification
      and evaluation of quality metrics in agile software
      development, c. reports on the state-of-the-art regarding
      quality achievements in agile methods, d. investigation on how
      tools affect the quality in agile software development.

                        The Target Audience

Professionals and researchers working in the field of software
engineering interested in agile methods and in agile software
development quality assurance.  The book will provide a
comprehensive view of agile quality to agile project managers, agile
developers, traditional SW developers and managers wishing to embark
in agile SW development and researchers interested in promoting
quality in agile development. Moreover, the book will provide
insights and support to academic teachers and students seeking a
comprehensive tool for studying agile development with emphasis on

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

   o  Agile Software Methods. State-of-the-art
   o  Software Quality in Agile Methods
   o  Agile Project Management
   o  Agile Analysis and Design
   o  Requirements Specification
   o  Detailed and Test Driven Design
   o  Quality Metrics on Agile Methods
   o  Configuration Management
   o  Standards and Agile Software Development
   o  Agile Quality Experiments and Case Studies
   o  Teaching Principles of Agile Software Development Quality Assurance
   o  Agile Quality Trends


             eValid: Latest News, New Features, Updates

eValid is the premier WebSite Quality Testing & Analysis Suite.
eValid solutions help organizations maintain e-Business presence,
improve WebSite quality and performance, reduce down time, prevent
customer loss, and control costs.

eValid's Web Analysis and Testing Suite is comprehensive, yet
scalable and easy to use, and applies to a wide range of web
applications.  Because eValid is implemented inside an IE-equivalent
browser you are guaranteed to get 100% realistic user experience

                       Support for IE Ver. 7
We are pleased to confirm that eValid V5 runs fine with the latest
IE 7 (Beta). Some features of IE 7 do not have a correspondent in
eValid, e.g. tabbed display (this is the logically same as using the
Browsing History pulldown) and the popup blocker (for functional
testing in many cases you don't WANT to block popups, and in any
case eValid has separate equivalent methods available to block
popups if you wish).

              Support for ASPs with Commercial License
License restrictions often limit how a consultant or a contractor --
or Application Service Providers (ASPs) firm -- can use eValid and
deliver the results to clients.  eValid's licensing now includes a
new option for ASPs that will simplify life, so both you and your
clients can benefit from eValid technology:

                    Ramping Up of LoadTest Runs
In server loading experiments a main goals often is to study how the
server complex responds to activity load that "steps up" at regular,
pre-programmed intervals.  Here's how to do this in eValid LoadTest

                     Playback Startup Sequence
To minimize playback de-synchronization as much as possible, the
latest eValid builds have a new and more-powerful recording startup
sequence.  The new startup sequence helps you manage disk cache and
cookie processing more reliably:

                      LoadTest Scenario Editor
eValid now includes a scenario editor that makes the job of setting
up a LoadTest simple.  It's got:

  * Ability to create a server loading scenario that focuses
    attention on how users and user types are allocated.

  * Ability edit and re-edit existing or new loadtest scenarios.

  * Capability to automatically generate the underlying *evl page.

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                      HTTP Detailed Reporting
An enhanced capability for monitoring detailed HTTP download times
and download errors has been added to the eValid playback engine.
Users can select to have HTTP errors reported as WARNINGs or ERRORs.
In addition, detailed timing logs generated by eValid now include
the specific byte size and download time of each page component

For complete details see:

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Here is the URL for downloading eValid if you want to start [or re-
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            International Workshop on Software Factories

                          October 17, 2005
                     San Diego, California, USA

More than twenty years ago, many organizations sought greater
productivity and predictability in software development using a
methodology called Software Factories that relied on structure and
discipline. Recently, a different methodology with the same name has
been gaining industry wide momentum. In addition to its name, it
shares the goals of the previous generation of Software Factories,
but it takes an entirely different approach to realizing them.

Instead of structure and discipline, this new approach to Software
Factories relies on automation, integrating advances in component
based and model driven development, software architecture, aspect
oriented software development, generative programming, requirements
engineering, process engineering, and software product lines. It
seeks to increase productivity and predictability across the
software life cycle, without sacrificing agility, using multi-
dimensional separations of concerns to support systematic reuse in
specific system families, to deliver appropriate guidance in context
to developers building family members, and to support the enactment
and validation of that guidance using tools.

It differs from other model driven methods through its reliance on
domain-specific languages and software product line practices, and
its emphasis on integrating modeling with patterns, frameworks,
testing, refactoring, and other agile, code focused development
practices. It differs from traditional approaches to product line
engineering through its use of models as a basis for automation, and
through its emphasis on integrating product line and mainstream
development practices.

This workshop aims to support the growing international community of
interest in Software Factories by providing a forum for
collaboration among researchers, practitioners, academics, and
students. Its goals are to establish common vocabulary and shared
perspective for Software Factories and its constituent technologies;
to identify problems in developing and applying Software Factories,
and to suggest strategies for solving them; to disseminate research
findings and best practices, and to expose them to peer review; to
collect scenarios that illustrate open issues; to develop consensus
regarding research priorities; and to increase awareness and
understanding of Software Factories in the industry at large.

Potential topics of interest to the workshop include:

 - Variability Modeling and Management How should variability in
   production assets be managed to facilitate their systematic
   customization and reuse in multiple contexts?

 - Modeling Techniques What are the salient trade-offs between
   general purpose and domain-specific languages for the purposes of
   model driven development?

 - Standardization Issues Should one or more metamodels or
   ontologies for software factories be standardized? What aspects
   of software factories, if any, should be addressed by such

 - Automatic Configuration, Code Generation, and Model
   Transformation What are the most appropriate approaches to model
   transformation for practical application in software engineering

 - Domain Analysis and Scoping How can frequently encountered system
   families be identified and classified, and what kind of
   information should be captured about them beyond architectural

 - Schema Design How should multiple overlapping, interrelated and
   simultaneous concerns be separated and modularized to facilitate
   their simultaneous use and subsequent composition?

 - Process, Guidance and Governance What kinds of mechanisms are
   effective in supporting the delivery, enactment, and validation
   of architectural guidance?

 - Agility in Model-Driven Development How can model driven methods
   be integrated with agile, code focused development practices?

 - Product-Line Practices How can commonalities and variabilities,
   and reusable abstractions that represent them, be identified to
   support the derivation of Software Factories from existing

 - Factory and System Evolution How should the evolution of family
   members be supported by a software factory?

 - Organizational and Strategic Issues What are the key drivers for
   adopting software factories and the key challenges in doing so?

Additional information about the workshop, including a list of
additional topics of interest, is available at the workshop web


                             ICSE 2006
       28th International Conference on Software Engineering
                  Shanghai, China, May 20-28, 2006

                           Sponsored by:
   ACM SIGSOFT, IEEE TCSE, and the Shanghai Municipal Government

The International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) is the
premier software engineering conference, providing a forum for
researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the
most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in the
field of software engineering.

ICSE 2006 will be held May 20-28, 2006 in Shanghai, China at the
Shanghai International Convention Center. Join us for an experience
that will combine outstanding technical events with a visit to a
city and country that will be truly unforgettable! A visa is needed
for travel - please visit the website for more information. Travel
costs are less than you think, so submit your papers! We hope to see
you in Shanghai!

                           General Chair:
           Leon J. Osterweil, University of Massachusetts

                         Program Co-Chairs:
       Dieter Rombach, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern
               Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia

                           Research Track

The ICSE 2006 Research Paper track's goal is to provide a forum for
presenting the latest, best, and most important research results in
the field of software engineering. High quality research submissions
are invited for technical papers describing original, unpublished
results of theoretical, empirical, conceptual, or experimental
research. Papers should describe a novel contribution to software
engineering and should carefully support claims of novelty with
citations to the relevant literature.

       Dieter Rombach, Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern
               Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia

                          Education Track

The Software Engineering Education and Training Track of ICSE 2006
will provide a forum for sharing recent advances, trends and
concerns with software engineering education.

      Chair: Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University

                          Experience Track

The objective of the Experience Track is to establish a meaningful
dialog between software practitioners and software engineering
researchers on the results (both good and bad), obstacles, and
lessons learned associated with applying software development
practices in various environments.

              Chair: Forrest Shull, Fraunhofer Center

                     Far East Experience Track

The objective of the Far East Experience Track is to demonstrate the
state-of-the-practice of software engineering in Far East Asia by
reporting on various experiences and establishing a dialogue between
practitioners and researchers on the benefits, obstacles, and
weaknesses of applying software engineering principles, techniques,
methods, processes, and tools in an industrial or organizational
setting for a variety of applications.

                Chair: Kouichi K. Kishida, SRA-Japan

      Software Engineering: Achievements and Challenges Track

The technical program includes a new Track focusing on major
achievements and core challenges in Software Engineering. The
objective is to identify and describe precisely both the critical
issues that had to be addressed in order to permit the major
software achievements, and the deep and enduring technical
challenges which remain in theory and practice.

                Chair: Jeff Kramer, Imperial College

                      Research Demonstrations

Research demonstrations enable conference participants to view
research systems in action, and to discuss the systems with the
people who created them. These demonstrations are intended to show
early implementations of novel software engineering concepts and are
suitable for mature presentations that can be communicated
effectively to a large audience using projection technology.

               Matthew Dwyer, University of Nebraska
Kokichi Futatsugi, JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

                          Emerging Results

This informal and highly interactive session gives attendees the
opportunity to engage one another in discussions about ongoing work
and critical issues in key areas. All ICSE participants can obtain
rapid, low overhead introductions to interesting work and
technologies in software engineering. Participant feedback can be
used by authors to help them shape future full ICSE papers.

              Betty Cheng, Michigan State University,
                         Beijun Shen, ECUST


               eValid -- Some General Recommendations

Here are common eValid problem areas and references to pages that
provide general good-practice recommendations.

* Functional Testing

Recording and playing scripts, with validation, is a sure way to
confirm operation of a web site or web application.

  o Protecting Login Account Names and Passwords

    If you are recording logging into a site, eValid will need to
    make a record of your account name and password.  For the best
    security, you should record login and password details in
    encrypted form.  There's an option in the Script Window Dialog
    to turn on the Encoded Input option that protects critical
    private information.>

  o Initial State

    Being a fully stateful recording and playback engine, eValid is
    very sensitive to the initial state when playback begins.  Here
    are some recommendations about to manage your test's Initial
    State effectively.

  o Session Cookies

    Session cookies are remembered inside eValid and the surest way
    to clear them is to close eValid and launch it again.

  o Modal Dialogs/Logins

    Because of the nature of modal dialogs you may not be able to
    use them directly.  Instead, eValid provides a way to construct
    a reliable script by creating the correct commands via the
    Script Window Dialog.  Check the documentation on modal dialog
    support and on testing modal logins:

  o Opaque Objects

    Certain objects are opaque relative to eValid's internal view of
    web page properties, and have to be treated differently.  These
    object types include Java Applets and FLASH objects, discussed

    In addition, it may be helpful to see how to use eValid's
    Application Mode:

* Server Loading

eValid applies load to a web server using the capability to run
multiple eValid browser instances.

  o Machine Adjustments

    If you want to get more than ~25 eValid copies running at on
    time you probably need to make Machine Adjustments to optimize
    your computer as a server loading engine.

  o Ramping LoadTest Runs

    The most common form of application includes ramping up server
    load so you can study how the server performance degrades due to
    increasing load.

* Site Analysis

eValid site analysis runs are a powerful way to confirm website

  o Avoid Logout During Scan

    A common problem during a site analysis scan is that eValid logs
    you out before the scan is done!  This happens when you start
    the scan after logging into a protected area and the eValid
    search spider navigates you to the "logout" page.  The way to
    avoid this is to make sure that your Blocked URLs List includes
    "logout" and "signoff".


  International Journal on Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET)

       Special Issue on Empirical Studies in Web Engineering

The International Journal on Web Engineering and Technology is
seeking original manuscripts for a Special Issue on Empirical
Studies in Web Engineering, scheduled for publication in December
2006 timeframe.  Empirical studies are an essential component of Web
engineering research and practice. They provide the means necessary
to understand, assess, control, and improve Web management and
development practices and their use of technologies.  The results of
empirical studies can be used to inform practitioners and
researchers alike, and are the means for building a body of
knowledge containing sound theories.  This special issue focuses on
studies where results are based on qualitative and/or quantitative
data, which has been used to describe, investigate, and assess
relationships between products, processes, and resources.  Such
studies can either be original or a replication of a previous study;
a case study, survey or formal experiment.  Papers are sought that
address issues including but not limited to the following:

* Empirical studies on:
     o  Web modeling, design, and development methods, frameworks,
        and methodologies.
     o  Web tools and technologies.
     o  Web cost estimation techniques and their comparison.
     o  Web quality assurance.
     o  Web usability.
     o  Web reliability and testing.
     o  Web process improvement of small and medium-size organizations.
     o  Web project management practices.
     o  Agile processes applied to Web development.
     o  Predictive models of defect rates and reliability.

* Industrial case studies describing experiences of
  Web measurement
* Web measurement and metrics for:
     o  Web cost estimation
     o  Web quality
     o  Web testing
     o  Web reliability
     o  Web process improvement
     o  Web development methods and methodologies
* Methods and tools to help with Web measurement
* Empirical evaluations of the effectiveness of Web measurement
  and metrics for Web projects

                            Guest Editor

                         Dr. Emilia Mendes
              The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ

Please feel free to contact the guest editor if you have any


                   Software Verification Track,
                 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

                  April 23-27, 2006, Dijon, France


For the last twenty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers
from around the world. SAC 2006 is sponsored by the ACM Special
Interest Group on Applied Computing, and is hosted this year by
Bourgogne University, Dijon, France.

              Technical Track on Software Verification

In the next decade the software industry will have to face its
responsibility imposed by a computer-dependent society. Since
software is increasing deployed in safety critical applications,
correctness and reliability are becoming issues of utmost
importance.  Consequently, software verification will be a grand
challenge for both academic world and computer industry.

The track will focus on theoretical foundations, practical methods
as well as case studies for verification of conventional and
embedded software. We welcome papers that describe work on
combinations of formal verification and program analysis techniques.
Tool papers and case studies which report on advances in verifying
large software systems are particularly sought. The list of topics
includes but not limited to

 o Tools, and case studies for large scale software verification
 o Static analysis/Abstract interpretation for verification
 o Model checking and deductive techniques for software verification
 o Role of declarative programming languages (such as Prolog) for
   infinite state software verification.
 o Proof techniques for verifying specific classes of software
 o Integration of testing and run-time monitoring with formal
 o Validation of UML diagrams, and/or requirement specifications
 o Software certification and proof carrying code
 o Integration of formal verification into software development


          Verification conference (IBM verification 2005)

                November 13-16, 2005, Haifa, Israel

          Sponsored by Caesarea Rothschild Institute (CRI)

The Software and Verification Technologies Department at the IBM
Haifa Research Lab (HRL) cordially invites you to submit a paper to
the IBM verification conference.

The verification conference includes three full day sessions and a
one day tutorial focusing on verification technologies, software
testing, and testing of parallel systems (PADTAD). The seminars will
involve the presentation of original, peer reviewed, technical
papers and lectures by invited industrial and academic guests.
Technical papers will be published in a Springer proceeding. The
event will take place at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, located on
the University of Haifa campus, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel and in
Caesarea Rothschild Institute (CRI) at the University of Haifa.  The
three full-day sessions provide a forum for the academia and
industry research and development communities to share their work,

exchange ideas, discuss issues, problems, and work-in-progress, as
well as future research directions and trends. Participation is
free. The official language of the conference is English. Please
confirm your participation by November 3 via the seminar website:

In addition to the call for papers, this conference has a call for
tools.  Tool support is crucial for testing and verification. The
IBM Verification Conference will place specific focus on emerging
tools, especially open source and academic tools.

Tool presenters will be invited to submit a paper to a special issue
of Systems of Science of Computer Programming on testing and
verification tools, which will be dedicated to tools presented at
the IBM Verification Conference. These papers will be submitted
following the conference and will be reviewed by the conference
committee. Open source and academic tools are especially welcome, as
the publication can include source code as well.

 Verification Track Topics
       Microprocessors, ASICs, SOCs, and system verification
       Experiences with simulation-based and formal verification
       Classification of hardware bugs
       High-level test generation for functional verification
       Simulation based verification
       Emulation and acceleration techniques in verification
       Post silicon debugging
       Formal methods and their applications
       Verification using SAT
       Verification coverage
       Equivalence checking
       Path analysis for verification
       Design for verifiability
       Hardware/software co-verification and co-testing
       Use of ESL for verification.
       Simulation-checking: assertion based, high-level rule-based,
       reference models, and score-boards
       CSP applications in functional verification
       Hybrid simulation and formal analysis methods

 Software Testing Track Topics
       Using static analysis in testing
       Testing throughout the lifecycle
       Business value (ROI) of testing
       Risk-based testing
       Defect prevention
       Test-driven development
       Developer testing
       Technical review inspections
       Pair testing
       Automatic test generation
       Test automation frameworks
       Release and stopping criteria
       Testing techniques
       Test measurements and metrics
       Exploratory testing
       Component testing
       Model-based testing
       Automated functional testing
       Performance, stress, and load testing
       Testing Web services and other technologies
       Testing in JAVA, .NET, and other environments
       Testing embedded software
       Testing in an agile environment

 PADTAD Track Topics
       Tools for the testing or debugging of MPD (
       multi-threaded/parallel/distributed ) applications
       Interactions between memory models and testing
       Test generation algorithms for MPD applications
       Debugging advanced network interface technologies (e.g., Myrinet,
       Debugging and testing MPD applications
       Using static analysis or formal verification to enhance debugging
       and testing of MPD applications
       Detecting race conditions and deadlocks
       Debugging and replay of MPD applications
       Finding timing bugs early in the process
       Testing real-time MPD applications
       Fault injection of MPD applications
       Testing the fault tolerance of MPD applications
       Testing and debugging techniques for timing related bugs in hardware
       Pilots in applying new testing techniques to MPD applications

                           Program chair:

Shmuel Ur, IBM Haifa Labs, Israel (

                       Conference organizers:

                     Shmuel Ur (
                     Eyal Bin (
                  Eitan Farchi (
               Yaron Wolfsthal (
                     Avi Ziv (


                   2nd International Workshop on
                  Web Services and Formal Methods
                            (WS-FM 2005)

               1-3 September 2005, Versailles, France


                      Co-located with EPEW'05
           2nd European Performance Evaluation Workshop

Web Services technology aims at providing standard mechanisms for
describing the interface and the services available on the web, as
well as protocols for locating such services and invoking them (e.g.
WSDL, UDDI, SOAP). Innovations are moving towards two main
directions:  The first one tends to the definition of new standards
that support the specification of complex services out of simpler
ones (the so called Web Service orchestration and choreography).
Several proposals have been already set up: BPML, XLANG and BizTalk,
WSFL, WS-BPEL, WS-CDL, etc...  The second approach consists of the
design of new (meta-)Web Services to be exploited at run-time by
other Web Services: e.g. managing the cooperation of Web Services or
acting as dynamic registry services.

Formal methods, which provide formal machinery for representing and
analyzing the behavior of communicating concurrent/distributed
systems, may potentially play a fundamental role in the development
of such innovations. First of all they may help in understanding the
basic mechanisms (in terms of semantics) which characterize
different orchestration and choreography languages and to focus on
the essence of new features that are needed. Secondly they may
provide a formal basis for reasoning about Web Service semantics
(behavior and equivalence): e.g. for realizing registry services
where retrieval is based on the meaning of a service and not just a
Web Service name. Thirdly also studies on formal coordination
paradigms can be exploited for developing mechanisms for complex
run-time Web Service coordination.

Finally, given the importance of critical application areas for Web
Services like E-commerce, the development of the Web Service
technology can certainly take advantage from formal analysis of
security properties and performance in concurrency theory.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on
Web Services and Formal Methods in order to activate a fruitful
collaboration in this direction of research. This, potentially,
could also have a great impact on the current standardization phase
of Web Service technologies.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   - Protocols and standards for WS (SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, etc... )
   - Languages and description methodologies for
     (BPML, XLANG and BizTalk, WSFL, WS-BPEL, WS-CDL, YAWL, etc... )
   - Coordination techniques for WS
     (transactions, agreement, coordination services, etc...)
   - Semantics-based dynamic WS discovery services
     (based on Semantic Web/Ontology techniques or other semantic theories)
   - Security, Performance Evaluation and Quality of Service of WS
   - Semi-structured data and XML related technologies
   - Comparisons with different related technologies/approaches


Peter Harrison, Imperial College London "Performance Engineering and
Stochastic Modeling"

Gianfranco Ciardo, University of California "Implicit
representations and algorithms for the logic and stochastic analysis
of discrete--state systems"

Cosimo Lavene,  University of Bologna "PiDuce: A Process Calculus
with Native XML Datatypes"

Wil van der Aalst,  Eindhoven University of Technology "Life After


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