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Module: CS_235 Software Engineering II

"British Computing Society Commendation: Simulation of realistic software development experience via groups inheriting each other's partially developed project." -The British Computing Society Accredidation Visit Report, 2014

[13 Nov '13] This year, group prizes are sponsored by: Grid Tools Ltd.

Also note that Grid-Tools is looking for talented students that are interested in carrying out a summer internship with them. Please let Bob know if you are interested.

We post some useful links to supplementary material here in order to help second year students with their study of software engineering.

Helpful Reading and Documentation:

  1. Free Tech Books: No more using the money excuse for not having your textbooks. Here you'll find free online computer science and programming books, textbooks, and lecture notes.
  2. Software Engineering 8 by I. Sommerville, the web site to accompany the book
  3. Software Engineering: Principles and Practice, by H. van Vliet, accompanying web site
  4. Practical Software Engineering: A Case Study Approach by L.A. Maciaszek and B.L. Liong, the web site to accompany the book
  5. Designing Object-Oriented Software by Wirfs-Brock et al., the web site to accompany the book
Links Related to Human-Centered Software Development:
  1. Usability.gov: offers guidelines on how to develop usable and useful web sites. The heuristics are also applicable to software applications.
  2. Apple's 1987 Knowledge Navigator Video
Documentation and Links related to past successes:
  1. Design Document Success Story: A very good example of a software design. Note that it is *not* perfect. The team lost points for using the phrase, "Same as... [parent class]"
  2. A6 Success Story: An excellent software demo by Devin Taylor.
  3. Another A6 Success Story: An excellent visualization software demo by Andy Small.
  4. A5 Version Control Visualization : A very cool visualization created using gource, showing the code evolution from group MS's A5.

  5. Bob's Minutes of Meeting Protocol: Your group meetings use this protocol.
  6. Directions on how to set up a web page on the CS server.
  7. Directions on how to gain remote access to CS server.
  8. Bob's Concise Coding Conventions (C3) in Advances in Computer Science and Engineering (ACSE), Vol. 4, No. 1, February 2010, pages 23-36
  9. Bob's Concise Introduction to Doxygen

Helpful Java links:

  1. Bob's Java souce code: These are the examples used in class.
  2. The Java SE API: This page lists the documentation for the Java Platform, Standard Edition, and the JDK.
  3. The Java Tutorials: are practical guides for programmers who want to use the Java programming language to create applications. They include hundreds of complete, working examples, and dozens of lessons.
  4. NetBeans.org -Netbeans is a free, open-source Java IDE (and more). It Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.
  5. Eclipse.org -Eclipse provides free, open-source tools for Java developers creating JEE and Web applications, including a Java IDE, tools for JEE and JSF, Mylyn and others.
  6. Java-Tips.org -a repository of online Java tutorials including forums
  7. Java2s.com -a large repository of online Java programs and source code
  8. Jambi the Qt library made available to Java. It is an officially supported technology aimed at all desktop programmers who want to write rich GUI clients using the Java language...
  9. JUnit is dedicated to software developers and testers using the JUnit testing framework.
  10. The Trident Library provides powerful and extensible animations for Java applications
Helpful Java Visualization links:
  1. JFreeChart -JFreeChart is a free 100% Java chart library that makes it easy for developers to display professional quality charts in their applications.
  2. Java View is a 3D geometry viewer and a mathematical visualization software.
  3. 20 Fresh JavaScript Data Visualization Libraries: It's amazing how quickly data visualization is growing.
  4. TheJit.org can be used to create a wide variety of information visualizations...
  5. Highcharts.com: Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering an easy way of adding interactive charts to your web site or web application. Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, ...
  6. g.raphaeljs.com is used to create charts on web pages...
Helpful Java Graphics links:
  1. The Java3D API -version 1.3, is considered a minor release of the API, with changes resulting from customer, partner, and community feedback.
  2. The Java Tutorials, Trail 2D Graphics -This trail introduces you to the Java 2D API and shows you how to display and print 2D graphics in your Java programs.
  3. Introduction to Java: A Tutorial -by Ryan J. Stradling and A. Joseph Turner, Clemson University Department of Computer Science. This tutorial contains some useful material on graphics.
  4. Chapter 10 of Core Web Programming, Second Edition -An introductory book chapter on Java 2D.
  5. Foundations of 3D Graphics Programming Using JOGL and Java3D -the web site of supplementary material (including source code examples) to accompany the book
  6. Computer Graphics for Java Programmers -the web site to accompany the book, including source code examples
Helpful LaTeX links:
  1. http://www.latex-project.org/ -the LaTeX Project Site contains a lot of helpful documentation including user guides.
  2. The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX -An excellent LaTeX user guide by T. Oetiker et al.
  3. http://www.tug.org/-The TEX Users Group (TUG) Web Site
  4. Why LaTeX? A great explanation from the Cambridge University Engineering Department.
  5. Why LaTeX? From the Department of Mathematics and Computing University of Southern Queensland.
  6. http://www.BibTeX.org -Here you will find everything you need to know about BibTeX. There are also several links to useful BibTeX tools.
  7. The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies -This is a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science.
  8. JabRef -JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager.
  9. VIM-LaTeX -An environment providing a comprehensive set of tools to view, edit and compile LaTeX documents using Vim.
  10. Excalibur -The LaTeX Aware Spelling Checker
  11. Text Processing using LaTeX -A nice LaTeX resource page at Cambridge University in the Department of Engineering. There are lots of links.
  12. Ulrich Berger's LaTeX Page -This is the web page written by Ulrich Berger containing more useful links.
  13. http://detexify.kirelabs.org/ -Anyone who works with LaTeX knows how time-consuming it can be to find a symbol in symbols-a4.pdf that you just can't memorize. Detexify is an attempt to simplify this search.
  14. The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List -The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List is an organized list of over 4900 symbols commonly available to LaTeX users.
  15. Squeezing Space in LaTeX -some tips on how to squeeze a little more onto LaTeX pages.
Links to free Screen Capturing Software:
  1. Debut Screen Capturing Software.
  2. CamStudio is an open source tool that is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
  3. ScreenHunter: 5 Free is a completely free screen capture software for you to easily take screenshots.
  4. CamTasia: -a really nice piece of software and recording enables editing by zooming, adding annotations, etc. Unfortunately it's not freeware but the 30 day trial was good enough. (Recommended by James Walker)
  5. Cinelerra: -is a free, open-source, feature-rich video editor for linux (Recommended by Dan Lipsa)
  6. Screenflick for the Mac OS X (Recommended by Dave Chung). You can use this in conjunction with iMovie on the Mac for video editing.
You can convert an AVI file to MPEG format by entering "avi 2 mpg" in google.

Helpful Links to free Software Engineering Tools:

  1. XP Dev: offers free and commercial Subversion Hosting integrated with Project Tracking for Open Source and Proprietary projects.
  2. Git: is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
  3. Unfuddle: is a secure, hosted project management solution for software development teams. Don't have time to get a server up and running and then configure and secure code repositories, ticketing systems and valuable project management tools?....
  4. Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like make, without make's wrinkles.
  5. Software Pointers: is directory for Software Development including the most useful links to processes, methods, tools, and services

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