Informatik, TU Wien

Web Engineering Research: Is there an elephant in the room?

Vast numbers of web sites are now developed using WordPress and yet there has been little research addressing the challenges faced by WordPress developers.

 

Abstract

Vast numbers of web sites are now developed using WordPress and yet there has been little research addressing the challenges faced by WordPress developers or how ideas that might have led to the success of WordPress could be more widely exploited. In order to gain a better understanding of the profiles of WordPress developers and how they work, we carried out an online survey of modern web development practices at the beginning of 2014.

We will first present the results of this survey before going on to describe our recent research investigating ways of supporting WordPress developers. Specifically, we will make the case for the designby-example paradigm for developing web sites and show how we have integrated support into WordPress that allows users to create web site themes by mixing and modifying elements of existing themes.

Biography

Prof. Moira C. Norrie has been a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich since 1996. She obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in her home country of Scotland and her previous posts include lectureships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stockholm. The research interests of her group cover a wide range of topics related to information systems including object database technologies, personal information management, web engineering and novel forms of interaction.

Note

This talk is organized by the Business Informatics Group at the Institute of Software Technology & Interactive Systems.
Contact person at the Vienna University of Technology: Katja Hildebrandt