Many studies of complex software systems have shown that more than 80% of the total cost of software development is devoted to software maintenance. This is mainly due to the need for software systems to evolve in the face of changing requirements. In some cases, software evolution may need to be dynamic, with changes being performed on running systems.
Despite the importance of software evolution, techniques and technologies that offer support for software evolution are far from ideal. In particular, unanticipated requirement changes are not well supported, although they account for most of the technical complications and related costs of evolving software.
By definition, unanticipated software evolution (USE) is not something for which we can prepare during the design of a software system. Therefore, support for such evolution in programming languages, component models and related runtime infrastructures becomes a key issue. Without it, unanticipated changes often force software engineers to perform extensive invasive modification of existing designs and code.
This one-day workshop will address the issues inherent in incremental static and dynamic evolution of object-oriented and component based systems. The main goal of the workshop is to discuss new approaches and technologies for building large-scale software systems that are evolvable when faced with unanticipated requirements. We also want to promote lively discussion between researchers proposing new approaches and practitioners reporting on their experience with the strengths and limitations of current technologies.
Topics of Interest
The workshop is intended to cover all aspects of unanticipated software evolution, from theoretical foundations to industrial experience. Position paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Attendance at the workshop is by invitation based on submitted position papers, and will be limited to aproximately 20 people in order to facilitate lively discussion and the exchange of ideas.
Late paper submissions will not enter the review process and will not be considered for journal publication. For late submissions, the organisers cannot guarantee a response prior to the early registration deadline of ECOOP 2002.
OOPSLA 2001 Workshop on Engineering Complex Object-Oriented Systems for Evolution: http://www.dsg.cs.tcd.ie/ecoose/oopsla2001/papers.shtml
ECOOP2002 Workshop on Benchmarks for Empirical Studies in Object-Oriented Software Evolution: http://prog.vub.ac.be/ooae/ECOOP2002/ws05-cfp.html