Last-Modified: 9 May 2004
Welcome to comp.software-eng, a newsgroup for discussion of software
engineering and related topics. This message is followed by four others, each
summarizing a set of "frequently asked questions" (FAQs):
Comp.software-eng FAQ (Part 1): questions and answers
Comp.software-eng FAQ (Part 2): CASE tools summary
Comp.software-eng FAQ (Part 3): readings
Comp.software-eng FAQ (Part 4): CASE tool vendors
Be warned: the only mechanism we use to compose these lists is to gather
information submitted by people around the net, post it regularly, and
incorporate feedback. All evaluations are the opinions of those who submitted
them; your mileage may vary. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (David Alex
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in the directory pub/usenet/news.answers. The name under which a FAQ is
archived appears in the Archive-name line at the top of the article. This
FAQ, and the parts that follow, are archived as software-eng/part0 through
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Subject: World-Wide Web archives
Date: Wed May 24 08:22:43 1995
The information in the FAQs and the comp.software-eng archives is available
through the World-Wide Web at
Everything visible through the Web is also available via FTP; the above URL
leads to the same directory as you get via anonymous FTP to
Subject: Other Web sites
Date: 10 Nov 2002
The following are other Web sites related to software engineering:
1. Brad Myers (Brad.Myers@cs.cmu.edu) maintains a list of user interface
software tools at
2. CERA Research's EE Toolbox for embedded systems at
3. Simon Stobart's list of freeware and shareware CASE tools for IBM PCs
running MS Windows at http://osiris.sunderland.ac.uk/sst/casehome.html.
4. Applied Information Science International runs a forum on data modeling
and other forms of abstract data representation. It includes
discussions of methodologies, reviews of CASE products, users' reports
of their experiences in actual design projects, and references to other
sources via WWW links and a bibliography of printed material.
5. info-partners international, inc. maintains a Software Information
Center, at http://www.info-partners.com/softinfo/ with (as of June 1997)
information on over 15,000 software products and their vendors.
6. Brian Marick (email@example.com) maintains a list of testing tools
7. The page describing the Lucent Software Toolchest CD-ROM (including
8. The University of Sunderland's page on Meta-CASE systems at
9. The Software Deployment Information Clearinghouse at
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~rickhall/deployment/ describes tools for
packaging, releasing, installing, configuring, updating, and
uninstalling a software system.
1. The IEEE has an online catalog of its hardcopy standards for software
engineering at http://stdsbbs.ieee.org/products/catalog/it.html#gen23.
2. Software development and documentation standards are available, for a
fee, from IEEE. These supersede earlier standars such as MIL-STD-498
and DOD Standard 2167A.
3. Praxion provides some ISO 9000-3 Guidelines in Plain English.
1. Pete Phillips' project management FAQ at http://www.faqs.org/faqs/proj-
2. David W. Eaton's configuration management and problem tracking FAQs at
3. The comp.object (Object Orientation) FAQ at http://www.cyberdyne-object-
4. Software Testing Laboratories, Inc. maintains a web page on creating
high quality software products for the commercial marketplace at
5. The Configuration Management Yellow Pages contains many links to online
6. Rick Hower's Software QA and Testing Resource Center.
D. Newsletters and E-Mail
1. Bill Frakes edits the Software Reuse and Re-engineering newsletter at
2. Software Research, Inc. archives its monthly Testing Techniques
Newsletter (TTN) at http://www.soft.com/News/TTN-Online/.
3. The SEWORLD mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. David Eichmann's list of educational programs has vanished.
2. The Canadian Information Processing Society's draft software engineering
1. ACM SIGSOFT's list of Software Engineering conferences, most of them
sponsored by or in cooperation with SIGSOFT.
2. The software engineering entry of the WWW Virtual Library, at
3. The ASSET public software reuse library at http://source.asset.com/;
start by reading their FAQ at http://source.asset.com/WSRD/faq.html,
then their Worldwide Software Resources Discovery (WSRD) catalog at
4. Philip Johnson's archive on formal technical review at
5. Charles McCann's (email@example.com) Capability Maturity Model
Level 2 Focus Group at http://www.okstate.edu/~cmccann/.
6. Marko Krajnc's page on component technology at
7. Manfred Schneider's "Cetus Links" on object orientation at
8. Robin Whitty's bibliography on object-oriented metrics at
9. The Personal Software Process (PSP) resources page at
http://wwwipd.ira.uka.de/PSP/ at theUniversity of Karlsruhe.
10. The Process Patterns Resource Page at
Subject: other newsgroups
Date: 28 Oct 1994
The following other newsgroups discuss topics related to software engineering;
consequently, coverage of these topics in this newsgroup (and thus the
comp.software-eng archives) tends to be sparse. Many of these groups have
their own FAQ's, which you can find in the appropriate *.answers group (e.g.
comp.answers for any group whose name starts with "comp.").
comp.groupware Software/hardware for shared interactive environments
comp.human-factors Human factors, including user interfaces
comp.lang.* Discussion of specific programming languages.
comp.newprod Announcements of new products
comp.object Object-oriented analysis/design/programming/systems
comp.programming Programming, especially algorithms and data structures
comp.realtime Computer-based realtime systems
comp.software.measurement Software metrics
comp.software.testing Software testing
comp.software.config-mgmt Configuration management and problem tracking
comp.specification.misc Formal specification methods
comp.specification.larch The Larch family of specification notations
comp.specification.z The Z formal specification notation
comp.sw.components Reusable software components
Subject: comp.software-eng archives
Date: 29 Oct 1994
The following files are available via anonymous FTP from
Log in with user ID 'anonymous' and use your mailing address as the
password. Each file has a header (in e-mail or news format) that credits the
26 Jan 1993 ada: bibliography on Ada and software engineering
13 May 1992 aiswe: readings: artificial intelligence and soft.eng.
7 Jul 1992 fault: Fault Tolerance references
13 Feb 1992 readcase: Bibliography on CASE
22 May 1992 reflist: Tero Ahtee's software engineering reference list
15 Feb 1992 statecharts: Reference list on Harel's statecharts
10 Apr 1992 verification: References on program verifier design
27 Mar 1992 reviewJapanSoftFactory.html: Michael A. Cusumano: "Japanese
31 Mar 1992 reviewFowlerRifkin.html: Priscilla Fowler and Stan Rifkin:
"Software Engineering Process Group Guide"
31 Mar 1992 reviewMarksTesting.html: David M. Marks "Testing Very Big
29 Oct 1994 reviewNeumannRisks.html: Peter G. Neumann's "Computer-Related
31 Mar 1992 reviewOuldTesting.html: Ould and Unwin's "Testing in Software
31 Mar 1992 reviewWeinbergQuality.html: Gerald M. Weinberg's "Quality
Software Management - Volume 1: Systems Thinking"
2 Oct 1991 CASEexp: experience with CASE tools
31 Jul 1993 cmtools: Configuration management tools
31 Jul 1993 diagramedit: Diagram editors and tools for building them
7 Jul 1992 pdcase: Public-domain CASE tools
26 Mar 1993 performance: performance analysis tools
7 Jul 1992 petri: Petri net tools
30 Jul 1993 pmtools: Project management and design tools
13 Apr 1992 probtrack: Problem tracking tools
7 Jul 1992 restruct: Tools for restructuring and reverse engineering
21 Oct 1991 statsTool: X-based statistics and graphing packages
30 Jul 1993 syslevel: Realtime/hardware system-level CASE tools
31 Jul 1993 testTools: Tools for testing
15 Feb 1992 transynth: Transformation/synthesis systems
3 Aug 1993 uims: User Interface Management Systems
31 Jul 1993 2167a: DoD-Std-2167a and life cycle models
31 Jul 1993 anecdote: Anecdotes/stories about software engineering
10 Sep 1991 bachman: Bachman information modeling
9 Jul 1993 bookTOC: Tables of contents of books
31 Jul 1993 cdif: CASE Data Interchange Format
30 Jul 1993 cleanroom: Cleanroom software development
4 Jun 1992 color: Ergonomics of color displays
31 Jul 1993 concur: Concurrent Engineering
28 Feb 1992 cubicle: Productivity effect of offices vs. cubicles
26 Mar 1993 defect: Defect tracking
7 Jul 1992 designchange: Effect of design changes
30 Jul 1993 education: Software Engineering education and degree programs
15 May 1992 environment: Software Engineering environments
11 Dec 1992 ethics: ACM code of ethics
18 Sep 1991 facet: Faceted classification and multiple inheritance
29 Oct 1994 FDA.html: Food and Drug Administration and Software
31 Jul 1993 formal: formal methods in the USA
10 Apr 1992 funcpoints: function/feature points
2 Oct 1991 hood: Hierachical Object-Oriented Design
31 Jul 1993 horror: Computer horror stories
7 Apr 1995 hungarian: papers on Hungarian notation
2 Oct 1991 ieee: IEEE software engineering standards
30 Jul 1993 inspect: Code inspection techniques
31 Jul 1993 knowuser: Discussion on whether to ``know the user''
31 Jul 1993 lotos: Language of Temporal Ordering of Specifications
9 Apr 1992 maint: Software maintenance laws
6 Mar 1992 manuals: Guidelines for software manuals
31 Jul 1993 maturity: SEI Capability Maturity Model
30 Jul 1993 oodb: Object-oriented databases
10 Jan 1992 ooformat: Format for object-oriented design documents
10 Apr 1992 oomaint: maintenance and complexity in o-o systems
31 Jul 1993 oomethod: Object-oriented methodologies
30 Jul 1993 portableC: writing portable C code
18 Sep 1991 productivity: Feature point productivity for several countries
7 Jul 1992 proto: Prototyping
15 Feb 1992 readintro: Introducing your manager/customer to SE ideas
15 Feb 1992 realtime: Information on realtime software development
31 Jul 1993 reqelicit: Requirement Elicitation
31 Jul 1993 reuse: Discussion of software re-use.
31 Jul 1993 safety: Formal methods and software safety
31 Jul 1993 SEorigin: Origin of term ``software engineering''
15 Feb 1992 specmark: SPEC modern architecture benchmarks
10 Jan 1992 spiral: References on Spiral life-cycle model
31 Jul 1993 standards: standards relevant to software engineering
23 Jun 1997 static.html: Software metrics and static analysis
31 Jul 1993 strucAD: Stuctured analysis and design and SADT
10 Apr 1992 techTransfer: Technology transfer
31 Jul 1993 testing: Discussion of testing (and inspection)
31 Jul 1993 vdm-z: formal methods Z and VDM
Subject: more detailed information on specific products
The following files are in the "blurb" subdirectory of the software
engineering archives at cs.queensu.ca; retrieve them as described for the
main archives, except that for the mail archive server you say
send software-eng/blurb f1 f2 ....
The files consist of comments on individual products or companies. When a
vendor sends me detailed information on a product that won't fit into the FAQ,
I put it here - along with other comments from the net.
22 Oct 1994 ooexample: Berard Software Engineering's "A Complete Object-
Oriented Design Example"
22 Oct 1994 ooproj: Berard Software Engineering's "A Project Management
Handbook for Object-Oriented Software Development"
4 Nov 1994 FKNprocess.html: Finkelstein et al.'s Software Process
Modelling and Technology
31 Jul 1993 jaloteSEtext: P.Jalote's "An Integrated Approach to Software
7 Apr 1995 safeware.html: Nancy Leveson's "Safeware: System Safety and
31 Jul 1993 schach2e: Schach's "Basic Software Engineering" text
Discussion of tools
31 Jul 1993 cvs: CVS version management tool
31 Jul 1993 ief: TI Information Engineering Facility (IEF)
31 Jul 1993 PCTE-ATIS-CAIS: Discussion of PCTE vs ATIS vs CAIS
29 Oct 1994 ooadTools.html: Evaluation of OO Analysis and Design Tools
31 Jul 1993 rcs: RCS version control system
31 Jul 1993 rdd-100: RDD-100 Requirements Driven Developer
31 Jul 1993 stp-teamwork: Comparison of Software Thru Pictures and Cadre
Submissions from vendors
31 Jul 1993 aegis: AEGIS project change supervisor
31 Jul 1993 autoplan: AUTOPLAN project scheduling tool
27 Oct 1994 cmvc: IBM Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC)
27 Oct 1994 CMZ: CMZ source code management system
5 May 1995 continuus.html: Continuus configuration management and problem
27 Oct 1994 DDTS: Distributed Defect Tracking System (QualTrak)
31 Jul 1993 FIELD: Brown University FIELD environment
31 Jul 1993 IFAD: IFAD VDM-SL toolbox
27 Oct 1994 LDRA: LDRA testbed
8 Dec 1994 MacAnalyst.html: Excel Software's MacAnalyst and MacDesigner
31 Jul 1993 parcplace: ParcPlace Smalltalk and C++ tools
26 Apr 2004 PurePulse: Pure Pulse software newsletter
31 Jul 1993 rational: Rational Inc. Ada environment, Rose OOD tool
31 Jul 1993 shapetools: shapetools version management/make-like tool
31 Jul 1993 specbox: SpecBox VDM support tool
31 Jul 1993 telelogic: Telelogic Environment for CCITT SDL
4 Nov 1994 Vantive.html: Vantive Qualtity problem tracking system
13 Jul 1995 verilog.html: Verilog home page
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