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Best practice-based evaluation of software engineering tool support

Collaborative tool support for design, data modeling, specification, and automated testing of service interfaces
: Ohler, F.; Krempels, K.-H.


Escalona, Maria Jose (Ed.):
14th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies, WEBIST 2018 : September 18-20, 2018, in Seville, Spain
Setubal: SciTePress, 2018
ISBN: 978-989-758-324-7
International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST) <14, 2018, Seville>
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Especially in complex software development projects, involving various actors and interaction interdependencies, the design of service interfaces is crucially important. In this work, a structured approach to support the design, specification and documentation of service interface standards is presented. To do so, we refer to a complex use case, dealing with the integration of multiple mobility services on a single platform. This endeavor requires the development of a large number of independently usable service interface standards which adhere to a multitude of quality aspects. A structured approach is required to speed up and simplify development and also to enable synergies between these service interfaces. In a previous work, we performed a requirements analysis to identify important aspects and shortcomings of the current development process and to elicit potential improvements. Starting with a first implementation of collaborative tool support for service interface development, we conducted a best practice-based evaluation with experts of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). In this paper, we want to present the results of this focus group-based evaluation and discuss their implications for the envisaged tool support for collaborative service interface development (design, data modeling, specification, and automated testing).