International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT)
Int J Software Tool Tech Tran
ISSN (printed): 1433-2779. ISSN (electronic): 1433-2787.
The International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT) provides a forum discussing all aspects of tools that aid in the development of computer systems. It is particularly intended to offer a tool-oriented link between academic research and industrial practice. Tool support for the development of reliable and correct computer systems is of growing importance: a wealth of design methodologies algorithms and associated tools have been developed in different areas of computer science. However each area has its own culture and terminology preventing researchers from taking advantage of the results obtained by colleagues in other fields: tool builders often are unaware of and thus unable to use work done by others. The situation is even more critical when considering the transfer of technology into industrial practice. STTT remedies this situation by (1) publishing accessible papers that introduce researchers and practitioners to state-of-the-art tools and techniques (2) channelling comments queries and feedback about tools and papers in the Online Forum with highlights published electronically and (3) enabling via the Electronic Tool Integration (ETI) platform even non-experts to experiment with the integrated tools. - As STTT addresses a heterogeneous audience great editorial emphasis is placed on clear jargon-free exposition. STTT focuses on three major technical themes: - Construction and analysis issues: hierarchical and compositional approaches; syntax-oriented vs. semantic methods; synthesis vs. verification; formal support of the entire system life cycle including requirements capture design implementation verification testing maintenance; analysis of non-functional aspects of system behavior such as realtime probability and efficiency - Practicality issues: performance genericity and us-ability of tools; case studies and experience reports; industrial use and feedback - Generic tool issues: paradigms (fully automated vs. interactive approaches); design issues (modularity efficiency portability integrability reusability); automatic support (tool generators integrators and interface builders); user interfaces (graphics hypertext retrieval) Electronic Tool Integration (ETI) The ETI platform is a refereed interactive tool repository accessible as an online service. Visitors may experiment with individual tools using benchmarks as well as their own examples. ETI's automatic interfacing support helps in constructing and investigating heterogeneous tool combinations for solving complex tasks. A graphical interface hypertext-based documentation and a sophisticated retrieval mechanism are designed to provide intuitive guidance. - ETI is not a distribution platform: tool builders retain all legal rights to their software and responsibilities for it.
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