E-commerce is gaining currency as the Internet settles as a medium for fruitful commercial transactions. Anyone with a credit card and an Internet-enabled device is a potential customer, and this is the reason why no corporation can resist jumping on the e-commerce bandwagon. To achieve this goal, web-based, attractive, technically robust applications are the key.
The e-world currently amounts to million Euros, and the underlying software industry is investing a lot of money in researching on new tools and development methods so that this kind of applications can be built at sensible costs. This has implied adapting existing methods and tools, which have usually been procedural, to the new resources and means the Internet provides, but at such a pace that they do not have enough time to consolidate before new proposals sprout out.
Object-orientation and component-based solutions seem to be promising and the trend towards incorporating them seems to be settling at an appropriate pace. At the same time, the complexity of these applications increases, and one of the reasons lies in the heterogeneous nature of the run-time and development-time aspects to be taken into account: architecture, security, attractiveness, quality of service, security, robustness, and so on.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the research that is being carried out in universities and industries to solve the problems related to the construction of e-commerce applications using object-oriented technology, focusing on real-world industrial experiences and innovative infrastructure for building e-commerce solutions.
Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following:
We encourage the submission of papers discussing one issue and arguing about what the problems are, what the solutions can be, and what the keys to successfulness or unsuccessfulness are. We strongly discourage standard extended abstracts that are pure descriptions of yet another prototype, but welcome papers that describe outstanding techniques and solutions and can foster vivid discussion.
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