Software Engineering Issues for Network Computing

  • Carlo Ghezzi
  • Giovanni Vigna
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1526)


The Internet is becoming the infrastructure upon which an increasing number of new applications are being developed. These applications allow new services to be provided and even new business areas to be opened. The growth of Internet-based applications has been one of the most striking technological achievements of the past few years. Yet, there are some risks inherent in this growth. Rapid development and reduced time to market have probably been the highest priority concerns for application developers. Therefore, these developments proceed without following a disciplined approach. We argue that the resulting applications will become the legacy systems of the near future, when the quality of these systems will need improvement but, at the same time, modifications will be hard to make in an economical and reliable way. In this paper we discuss the need for a software engineering approach to the development of network applications. In particular, we discuss a possible research agenda for software engineering research by looking at two specific areas: the World Wide Web and applications based on mobile code.

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Internet World Wide Web mobile code software engineering software quality software development process 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Ghezzi
    • 1
  • Giovanni Vigna
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Elettronica e InformazionePolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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